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Water Wars: 16 teams vie for trophy

Essentia Health's "Guns & Hoses" team lost in their first round to Edward Jones, the ultimate 2018 champion.1 / 4
After easily conquering three other challengers, Dion Pederson's team tries to salvage a win during Thursday's Water War finals. (Photos by Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)2 / 4
TEAM Industries members were all smiles even as they were soaked by opponent Klein Insurance. 3 / 4
Edward Jones, a.k.a. "Dressed for Success," captured first place and the 2018 Loony Traveling Trophy. Pictured, from left, are Colter Diekmann, Jackie Diekmann, Dan Pike, Rebecca Penning and Joe Penning.4 / 4

Blasts of chilly water launched Legends and Logging Days Thursday night.

According to Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Butch De La Hunt, Water Wars registration filled up quickly, with 16 teams gunning for the 2018 Loony Traveling Trophy.

A & D Trash Collection of Park Rapids was among the new contestants this year. Deidra Williams, who co-owns the business with husband Adam, said they choose to participate to show their support of the community. Kindly competitors advised them to wear sunglasses and hats for the watery contest. A & D lost in their first round, but Williams said it was fun and they'll be back next year.

The audience was treated to many lengthy battles. Children were delighted in the continual cold sprays. Only Dion Pederson for Sheriff's team managed to quickly oust its opponents — until the finals. Edward Jones, a.k.a. "Dressed for Success," won to be named the 2018 champions.

The reason for their success?

"The captain," said team member Colter Diekmann.

"It was a team effort," added captain Dan Pike.

Pike's advice for other teams?

"Keep a steady, forward progress," he said.