Saturday, August 3, 2013

Riverfest '13

It's that time of year again for Riverfest! We went last year when the baby was just 9 days old. We enjoyed watching the fish shocking, making boats out of natural materials (even if many sank), a family nature hike, a hike out to see the Great Blue Heron rookery, children's activities, learning about area environmental resources, and more! Here is a quick recap of our experiences last year at the Riverfest in Middlebury. See the details for Riverfest 2013 below. 

Riverfest ’13
“Because we all live down river”

Outdoor fun and adventure waits for you and your family in Middlebury Saturday, August 17th in the wet, wild and wonderful Riverbend Park!  From 8 am to 2 pm Rivefest ’13, invites you to discover the fascinating world of water and the amazing plants, animals, people and history surrounding our own local treasure, the Little Elkhart River.  Join an expert led adult bird hike, dig deep into cool facts about the water and soil under your feet, and take a voyage down the drain and back into the river as you learn water is never a “waste” product.  See the fish populating our waters and the tiny beneficial insects and animals that share their habitat.  Learn about the bigger critters of the river’s edge on the family nature hike. Enjoy a kayak ride to Krider Gardens or a guided stroll ending at Middlebury’s first building and oldest business while learning about the history of the river, region and town as well as future plans that will bring you more outdoor fun and adventure right here in beautiful Middlebury Parks.
Other than a nominal fee for kayak rides, all events are free of charge.  Games, crafts, food, environmental exhibits and activities as well as a silent rain barrel auction take place all day.  Join Middlebury Parks and Recreation for the fun!
Scheduled events:
8 am – Adult Bird Hike/River History Hike
9am – Healthy Soils & Groundwater/Waste Water Wonders
10 am – Family Nature Hike
11 am Fish Shocking Demonstration and Exhibit
12 Noon – Water Life/Ethos Science Bus
1 pm Live Animal Program/Rain Barrel Silent Auction Finale

All Day activities:
Food, games, crafts, environmental exhibits & activities, rain barrel silent auction, and kayak rides.
For more information contact:
Tom Enright, Middlebury Park and Recreation Manager