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Water balloon fight breaks out at Georgetown waterfront

Monday - 6/27/2011, 5:31am  ET

Tossing balloons during the water balloon contest. (WTOP/Thomas Warren)
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WASHINGTON - Two months ago most of the waterfront in Georgetown was submerged after heavy rains caused a flood. Sunday, waterfront businesses celebrated its return with a festival full of fun, games and food.

But, the highlight of the day was the water-balloon battle.

The teams were in pairs of two. The goal: Toss the balloon to their partner and keep the water in the balloon off the ground. Each step they had to take backwards made for the challenge.

The winners walked away with gift certificates.

In the kids' division the competition was fierce.

When their round was all over, 10-year-old Matthew Massuci strutted while holding the winning balloon over his head. Then, he gave his teammate, who also happened to be his eight-year-old sister Emily, a high five.

"That last one, we thought it was going to break. But when we got it. It was fine, and we did it," Matthew says.

Next, it was time for the adults, and after watching the youngsters, the air was thick with competitive spirit.

Those who didn't fair so well had their excuses.

After she and her partner got splattered, this woman said, "A lot of times when you've been drinking during the daytime you get beer muscles. And, so you become stronger than you normally are."

There was high drama in the final round. The two men who won proceeded to get smacked in the middle of the free-for-all-throw-balloons-at-anyone-you-see portion, following their victory.

More than the balloon battle, most in attendance were simply thrilled with having the waterfront available once again as a summer day destination.

"The restaurant guys have done a fabulous job getting this place back in order," says Jim Barnes, the emcee of the balloon battle.

Barnes says the balloon battle is the first of what he hopes will blossom into an annual tradition.

Below watch a video of the free-for-all that broke out following the competition.

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