We heard estimates from different people of 200-400 attendees. However many were there, it was just the right amount for our first year. Since we had no idea how many would come, or even for sure what we were doing, we couldn't have handled many more. Those who came were very appreciative of the work done & loved the fun they had!
A tarp was placed over the plastic and then the Fire Department filled the pool with their water truck. This took about 5-10 minutes. Can you imagine how long it would have taken with a garden hose?
As the water was added the shape of the pool began to change because of the pressure on the bales.
You can see in this photo, the water pulled the plastic and the tarp off one side as the shape of the pool shifted. At this point we were concerned the pool might not last till the party at began 5:30 but the firemen pumped the water they had just put into the pool into a holding tank and we were able to straighten the bales, add straps around the them and stabilize them enough to pump the water back in. (We had started with ropes around the bales but they stretched too much to hold the shape.)
A couple of pool umbrellas were added to enhance the Redneck look. We were ready to begin
|Water games, baby pools, sprinklers and buckets of water balloons & shooters were spread throughout the park so there was lots to do and lots of room to do it.|
As was the water balloon launcher--especially with the high school kids.
At 8:00 p.m. we had to stop the games and clear the kids out of the pool so we could empty it and set up for the movie in the amphitheater at 8:30. There were a few tears as kids realized the water fun was over.
One little boy told the ladies at the concession stand "That is an awesome pool!" Obviously, the whole party was a huge success! We have already had people asking if we will do it again next year. The answer is "yes' but next year we will be a lot smarter on how to build the pool.
I must say that those of us constructing it may have had more fun than the participants, though!