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The third annual Water Fest will take place Aug. 25 in Salida and Aug. 26 in Buena Vista in conjunction with the Foodshed Alliance farmers markets.

The family-focused festival will include exhibits, fun activities and demonstrations related to various aspects of water use, including agricultural, municipal, environmental and recreational uses.

Chelsey Nutter, projects manager for the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, said, “Our annual Water Fest event is a great opportunity for children and their parents to learn about our local water resources in a fun and interactive way. The more we all understand about our water, the better we will be at making informed decisions in the future.”

The 2018 water festivals will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in conjunction with the Salida Farmers Market at Alpine Park and from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Buena Vista Farmers Market at South Main Square.

Displays and demonstrations will encompass source water protection, watershed health, plant water usage, river health, agricultural water usage, water storage, water rights and much more. A fun and interactive scavenger hunt will be ongoing throughout the day. Participants who finish will receive free prizes. Stop by the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District booth to learn more.

Festival participants will include representatives from the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, the Cañon City Water Dept., the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the city of Cañon City, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, the Chaffee County Oral Health Program, Central Colorado Conservancy, Guidestone and the Foodshed Alliance.

Sponsored by the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, the Water Fest is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the conservancy district or visit us on Facebook.

submitted by the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District