WaterFest bubbles over with fun

Rylie McClurgOur Town Neighbors, Our Town Youth, South Knox

Last week, Knox County Engineering & Public Works’ Stormwater team had a blast hosting the WaterFest field trip at Ijams Nature Center. Several Knox County schools attended and even a school from another county.

The theme for this year’s WaterFest, organized by the Water Quality Forum, was “From Mountain to Fountain.” Students were encouraged to participate in the art and poetry contest by sending in their interpretation of the theme, and a winner was chosen from each category to be displayed on the WaterFest T-shirt.

The elementary students spent part of the day at Ijams participating in various water events, including making water rockets, doing water magic tricks and creating giant bubbles. The purpose of the field trip is to teach the students about water, while also helping them learn to be more water conscious.

The May 10 event helped educate 659 kids from two counties, with 180 chaperones, through 38 classes. We had a grand total of 121 volunteers throughout the day. There were 16 activities, four shows and lots of smiles.

WaterFest is lucky to have several sponsors that help make this event possible. Thank you to everyone who sponsored or volunteered this year.

Rylie McClurg is the communications and outreach coordinator for Knox County Engineering & Public Works.

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