Organizers are gearing up for the fourth annual Shoal Creek Water Festival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center.
JOPLIN — Organizers are gearing up for the fourth annual Shoal Creek Water Festival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center.
Admission is free – except for those who are entering the cardboard boat race – and open to the public and fun for all ages.
Explaining the main purpose is Donna Whitehead, interim director and office manager of Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center.
"It is to get people to know about water, water quality and all of the things that we do to try to protect it," she said. "Between 80-90 percent of the Joplin-Neosho water comes from Shoal Creek, so we want people to be aware of how it helps habitat for nature and also ourselves."
There will be artisans, booths, food and activities. A couple of the crowd pleasers are the kids' shoebox boat race and the cardboard boat race.
"We have shoeboxes boat racing for the kids, made out of shoeboxes, paper and tape and glue," she said. "We use water based paints only and duct tape. Then the adults do cardboard boat racing and their boats are made out of just cardboard, duct tape and paint. We have solo, pairs and teams. It is quite an event, some of them are fancy boats. The boats actually last quite a while in the water. We used our boat three years in a row, we did make a new one this year. They do last."
Whitehead did note they are still accepting entries into the cardboard boat race. Information can be found on their website at www.wildcatglades. audubon.org.
There will also be something new this year to the festival.