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Updated: 07/27/2014 08:00:02AM

Pirate Flotilla Invasion exchanges fire, fun

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
Interactive pirate exhibits abound at the Sixth Annual Fishermen's Village Pirate Fest, which continues Sunday in Punta Gorda.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
The Pirate Flotilla Invasion was a chance for participants on land and sea to exchange a volley of weapons and combative fun.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
A pirate wench hands out bead necklaces to 5-year-old Addison and 3-year-old Natalie Recker during the Pirate Flotilla Invasion, under the watchful eye of their grandfather, Ted Campbell.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Cannons are fired off Saturday at the Pirate Fest.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
Large crowds watch, and participate in, the Pirate Flotilla Invasion Saturday afternoon.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
Joel Francis, left, visiting from Miami, Jessica Reis-Coelho and her daughter, Isabella, 9 months, visit the Pirate Fest midway.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Pirate Fest presents live entertainment throughout the weekend, including music, dance and other pirate-themed activities.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
The Pirate Flotilla Invasion on Saturday was a chance for participants on land and sea to exchange a volley of weapons and combative fun.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PUNTA GORDA — As the Pirate Flotilla Invasion pulled up along the west dock of Fishermen’s Village, they let loose with a barrage of water guns and good-natured taunts, with a distinctly pirate dialect. But Addison and Natalie Recker, ages 5 and 3, respectively, did not retreat.

Armed with Super Soakers of their own, the defenders of the mainland returned fire, chasing away the blaggards. But then the young girls went one step further.

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