This week’s blog post was written by WCO intern Laura Keys.
This year’s Water Festival was a wet-and-wild success!
The weather was beautiful, and everyone had headed home long before the monsoon hit Saturday afternoon. For my first time attending the Water Festival, I had some idea of what to expect: a water truck, a band, lots of kids, and even a magician, but I was surprised at just how many fun booths there were to visit! Here are a few of the highlights from the day:
First, the Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) booth. You had to pick up some trash out of the kiddie pool and sort it based on how long it took the trash to decompose in nature. I think this booth was much more popular than KACCB anticipated, and it might have even recruited some young’uns to help with Rivers Alive! (I mean, who doesn’t love those grabber toys?)
A fun demo in one of the education tents was the “Will It Float?” experiment, where you got to compare how various objects float or sink when placed in fresh water vs. salt water. There was an egg, a golf ball, a penny, a mardi gras necklace, and a few other items to compare, and I was surprised to see the egg and golf ball float in the salt water!
A favorite place for kids to spend time was the UGA Marine Extension booth, which had an immense collection of freshwater and marine animals, snail races, and crafts (plus several dozen kids at any given moment). This group’s preparation and sheer volume of cool things to see was awe-inspiring; they were great representatives for the Georgia coast!
Other activities include the fly fishing casting booth, the Water Cycle-themed javelin toss, and the petting zoo, though I really don’t have room here to list everything that was fun at the festival.
Several hundreds of Athenians joined us throughout the day, and I think they’ll all agree that the Water Festival is a fun, unique way to spend time with friends and family in the lovely Sandy Creek Park.