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Water, Water Everywhere At Southport's Pequot Library

Maddox Bragg, his babysitter Stacy-Ann Hercules and his little brother, Lincoln, frolic in the sprinklers at the Pequot Water Games in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Alethe Fatherley, right, and her daughter enjoy the sprinklers at the Pequot Water Games in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Gordon and Marisa Fatherley, left, compete in a friendly water relay race with Stacy-Ann Hercules and Lincoln Bragg at the Pequot Water Games in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Gordon Fatherley and Maddox Bragg wait for their siblings in a water relay race at Pequot Water Games in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Tuesday's weather wasn’t on par with the scorchers of last week, but that didn’t stop some summer-savvy kids from beating the heat at the Pequot Library’s annual Pequot Water Games.

The games, which have been held each August for about a decade, offer sprinklers, relay races and other tried-and-true fun for the whole family, said Children’s Librarian Susan Ei.

“It’s not so hot today,’’ she said looking up at the sun. “It doesn’t feel like you have to cool off.”

Maddox Bragg would beg to differ. The Fairfield six-year-old giggled his way through a set of sprinklers, encouraging his younger brother, Lincoln, who’s nearly three, to join him with their babysitter, Stacy-Ann Hercules.

“You move up to level 2!” he told his brother, pointing to another sprinkler. “That’s over there! C’mon!”

The library’s air-conditioning system has been on the blink for more that a week, making for some stuffy air inside, Ei said. Library attendance has dipped due to the steamy situation that should be resolved soon, she said.

She hoped to coax kids stopping by to collect their summer reading points outside for a little old-fashioned fun.

“We came on a whim,” said Alethe Fatherley, who brought her children Gordon, 6, and Marisa, 4.

Ei said the kids always enjoy the hour of free play and cooling off.

“A lot of times, kids will just play with ice,” she said. “I’ll put out some ice and they have the best time.”

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