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Erik Summers, 12, left, Logan Sully, 14 and Kelly Ryan, 13 blast a rider with water Wednesday on the Yampa River Core Trail in Steamboat Springs. They were joined in the effort by Sarah Kite, 14. The event has become an Independence Day tradition for the friends, though it has evolved. A few angry riders last year taught them to hollar out "Do you want to be sprayed?" as riders approached. They also had to do away with fireworks this year as the region is under a fire ban.

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