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Water Festival set for Saturday

Free downtown Water Festival a fun way for everyone to learn about local water issues

April 30, 2018

The Water Festival will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, on West Indiana Avenue in downtown DeLand, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The event will be free to the public with the intent to make learning about local water issues entertaining for all ages.

Festival activities will include a sidewalk chalk art exhibition with at least eight different chalk artists working on their creations, a special appearance of live mermaids providing photo opportunities, a live disc jockey, interactive dance performances, a blessing of the waters inspired by a Native American tradition, as well as educational children’s games and activities with a water theme. There will also be sponsors’ booths, vendors, and more than twenty booths by various non-profit organizations providing interesting exhibits and information for people of all ages.

The Water Festival is a unique, public event addressing a growing concern for the citizens of Volusia County. Approximately ninety-two percent of our natural water sources are in peril. Our springs, rivers and the aquifer from which we get our drinking water are suffering from increased pollution and declining flows caused by population growth. With greater knowledge, residents can make better choices to conserve and protect our essential water sources. The Water Festival is for all ages to have a good time while learning about what we can do to preserve one of our most vital natural resources—our water.

The free annual event is presented by Volusia Water Alliance, a non-profit group composed of the City of DeLand, Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, Blue Spring Alliance, St. Johns Riverkeeper and others.  More information is available at the Volusia Water Alliance website: VolusiaWater.org.

For interviews or further inquiries, contact: Sharon Leboffe, coordinator@volusiawater.org,  215-834-0704, or Patrick Shannon, patrick@A7.net  386-453-1464.

                                                                                                

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