Rural Action is inviting the public to attend the third annual Lake and Land Festival this weekend.
Officials with the organization note the goal of the one-day celebration is bring conservation awareness and education to the public as well as a good time.
Attendees will be engaged in hands-on demonstrations including topics like watersheds, wetlands, stream beds, stormwater, and boat safety.
“Kids will be able to learn to fish, attendees will get to try paddling a kayak, and everyone can touch hands-on displays to learn about the water all around us,” explained Esther Shin, AmeriCorps member with Rural Action and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
Watershed Coordinator with Rural Action, Marissa Lautzenheiser added, “This is everyone’s change to come to Atwood Lake, spend an afternoon swimming, and learn about how these recreational places are part of a larger watershed picture.”
Lautzenheiser noted, “The whole reason we have Atwood Lake is it is a flood control reservoir.”
Officials explained the festival takes advantage of Atwood Lake’s beautiful park and public beaches to host family-friendly activities such as kayaking, hiking, archery, and fishing.
The Akron Zoo will also be visiting along with many animals in their mobile zoo for the young and young-at-heart to interact with.
It’s all happening this Saturday, July 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Atwood Lake Park, 9500 Lakeview Road NE, Mineral City.
Entrance to the festival is free for park visitors and park admission is free on July 29th only with a voucher or $5 per carload without a voucher.
For details or to get a voucher call 330-859-1050 or visit carrollswcd.org/lake&land.
Michaela Madison Reporting