About 200 people turned out to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Saturday afternoon to cool off for the first annual Beat the Heat Water Day with First Responders.
The event was organized by the Youth and Community Resource Unit of the Alachua Sheriff’s Office, which creates a variety of community programs throughout the year.
Sergeant Paul Pardue, who runs the Youth and Community Resource Unit, said they try to hold as many community events as they can, and last year they held 64 total events. The event offered a variety of water-based events for children including water balloon fights, a dunk tank, a relay race and more. There was also a cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs as well as frozen treats and music.