Great day for annual environmental event

DROP YOUR DUCKIES!—(Above) Kids enjoy the ever-popular ducky races held each year at Waterfest. Numbered ducks “race” down Bear Creek and the winner earns a prize for their kid.

DROP YOUR DUCKIES!—(Above) Kids enjoy the ever-popular ducky races held each year at Waterfest. Numbered ducks “race” down Bear Creek and the winner earns a prize for their kid.

It was sunny and wonderfully warm for all but the last hour of the sixteenth annual Bear Creek Waterfest on Saturday, April 24. Before the sky opened up for a beauty of a spring storm, children and adults enjoyed a pancake breakfast, bake sale, live music and the many interactive booths and activity stations.

      The Waterfest celebrates environmental issues, particularly  water

COMPLIMENTS TO THE CHEF—Emily Lawrence, 10, and Julia Kwast, 7, dig into the hot pancake and sausage breakfast offered by the fine cooks at the 16th annual Bear Creek Waterfest. "They are delicious," the girls agreed.

COMPLIMENTS TO THE CHEF—Emily Lawrence, 10, and Julia Kwast, 7, dig into the hot pancake and sausage breakfast offered by the fine cooks at the 16th annual Bear Creek Waterfest. "They are delicious," the girls agreed.

issues, and is held at Townsend Park each year by Cannon Township. At one time Bear Creek was closed to physical contact due to pollution caused by animal feces. Today kids are encouraged to jump right in and enjoy the water feature at the picturesque township park. For the last several years members of the band Hawks and Owls have added appeal with live music.

 

 

CREEKY CRITTERS—(left) Ben Johnson, 9, shows off one of the Creeky Critters from that booth. He is from Kentwood, and was visiting for the day with his grandmother who lives on Lake Bella Vista.

CREEKY CRITTERS—(left) Ben Johnson, 9, shows off one of the Creeky Critters from that booth. He is from Kentwood, and was visiting for the day with his grandmother who lives on Lake Bella Vista.

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