WAKARUSA — With bright sunshine and temperatures pushing 90 degrees, conditions were just about perfect Sunday for an oversized water slide down what ordinarily serves as a winter sledding hill at Memorial Park.

Hundreds attended the community’s third annual Bubble Bash, many of them making a full day of it by playing games, having picnics and  enjoying time on the conventional splash pad.

But the main attraction was the hill, made slippery fast by long sheets of thick plastic, soap and torrents of water. 

At the end of one high-speed run, 5-year-old Caleb Smith had no words, but he flashed a smile and a quick thumbs up before racing back to the top of the hill. 

“The community started out doing this as a fundraiser, but now it’s just for fun,” said Deb Shively, executive secretary for the Wakarusa Chamber of Commerce. 

Adults were charged $5 for the four-hour event, while a ticket for children up to 15 was $2.

“We’re just happy if we can cover the cost,” Shively said. 

She said plans for a downtown park to honor community leader Robert “Doc” Abel, initially the idea behind the Bubble Bash, continue as a separate effort. Abel died in January 2017. 

Shively said this was the first time the event was held on a Sunday to see if more families might attend. An attendance figure for the event was not immediately available. 

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