An hour before the Eagle Fun Days parade, chairs were already lined up along Old State Street, claiming space - along with coolers and trash cans filled with water, sprayers and soakers. Parade-watchers were prepared.
"My kids are fanatics about the Wet & Wild Parade," Leora McCloskey said. "We don't miss it. We plan our summer vacation around it."
This year, she and her two sons even baked cookies for a business owner who let them fill up their buckets with a hose.
"Eagle is still small enough to do this," McCloskey said. "People are polite and wait (during the first part of the parade). Then, when it's time, everyone lets loose. There's no escaping."