Greene gets soaked on Labor Day

By Conor Mooney

September 2, 2013 Updated Sep 2, 2013 at 10:19 PM EST

Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds lined the streets Monday morning in Greene to kick off one of the biggest Labor Day celebrations in the area.

The threat of a torrential downpours did not stop the crowd from gathering to honor a tradition that's been around for decades -- and get even wetter.

The annual hose fights kicked off at about 8 a.m. in the heart of downtown on Genesee Street.

In hose fighting, two teams line up on opposite sides of the street, each carrying a massive fire hose.

Upon instruction, the teams shoot water from the hose at a ball that hangs above the street. The team who can move the ball to the other team's side wins.

"I find it very interesting. I didn't know they were going to fight with a ball. I thought they were going to fight with each other," said Aubin Carlson, a spectator originally from Long Island.

Anyone was able to sign up and get a team together.

Joe Henninge, the event organizer said, "All the money benefits the Boy Scouts, the Girls Scouts, the sports teams, all the money stays right here in the community."

Many community members come back for homecoming weekend in the village.

"I've been coming since I was about 7 years old," said John Hopp of Greene. "I've taken a few breaks, but I always taken the opportunity to come to hose fights and the Labor Day community picnic."

The celebration continued with a community picnic after the fights.

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