The Osakis Festival wrapped up its events on Sunday, June 20, with a parade followed by its annual water fight hosted by the Osakis Fire Department.
The water fight is usually fought between the Osakis Fire Department and other fire departments from the area. However, this year it was opened up to local businesses to compete against each other.
The Bowling Barn and Grill, Osakis Creamery, Osakis Visitor Center, Howard’s Handcrafted Furniture, Osakis First Responders, Carlos Fire Department, and the Osakis Fire Department all took part in the water battle this year. The Carlos Fire Department took the win against Howard’s Handcrafted Furniture in a double elimination battle.
When asked what the strategy was before the final battle, Howard Swenstad of Howard’s Handcrafted Furniture simply said, “To win.”
Howard’s Furniture put up a tough fight against Carlos’ two-person team, Parker Sukke and T.J. Carlson, but Carlos prevailed in the end.
Howard’s team was lead by Swenstad, who is a retired Osakis firefighter with 26 years of firefighting service under his belt. Accompanying Swenstad was his son Kyle Swenstad, who joined the Osakis Fire Department almost a month ago, his daughter Kristie Swenstad and retired Osakis firefighter Chad Mathews, who also has 26 years of service with the Osakis Fire Department.