2011 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival Makes a Splash

The third annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival was held on Saturday, June 25, at Center Lake in Warsaw. This one-day event made a splash in local awareness and appreciation for our lakes through education, experience, fun and celebration.

Organized by local water quality organization Kosciusko Lakes and Streams (KLAS), this year’s event drew its largest crowd ever with over 1,300 attendees.

KLAS Director Dr. Nathan Bosch said, “We were very encouraged by the record number of attendees this year, but even more encouraged by the number of participants in the educational activities offered at the festival.  Our goal is to inspire, educate and equip citizens to be good stewards of our lakes and participation in our educational booths helps us do that.”

Other highlights from the Lakes Festival included the inaugural Water Waddle.  The one-mile fun run was organized with the help of the Kosciusko Community YMCA.  Over 70 kids from toddlers to 14 years old participated in the race.

Winners in the boy’s category were Hunter Metzger coming in first place, Stephen Possell in second and Noah Bohnenkamper in third.  Winners in the girl’s category were Hannah Dawson in first place, Brigit Nemitz in second and Mikaela Grout in third.

KLAS Program Manager Anna Burke said, “Festival goers really enjoyed the Lake City Skiers as always and seemed really excited about the addition of the fun run and the stand up paddle boarding.” 

The event was organized by Kosciusko Lakes and Streams, a research and education center at Grace College.  Several local sponsors, including Biomet, Indiana-American Water, K21 Health Foundation, Lake City Radio, and Zimmer as top-level sponsors, made the event possible. To get involved in next year’s Lakes Festival, please contact Burke at burkead@grace.edu or 574-372-5100, ext. 6446.


2 Responses to “2011 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival Makes a Splash”

  1. Vivian Decker Says:

    Great post, I concur completely and appreciate the time you took to write it. Cheers!

  2. JoleenBa Says:

     Kosciusko Lakes and Streams, a research and education center at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., and the Kosciusko Community YMCA, Warsaw, Ind., have teamed to provide the first Water Waddle as part of the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival this summer.  The Water Waddle is a one mile fun run for kids ages toddler to 14 year-olds.  Toddlers are welcome to walk with an adult.  The event will take place at Center Lake Park which has a paved sidewalk around the perimeter of the park measuring a quarter of a mile.  Youth will complete four laps around the course all within the sight of the adult who brought them to minimize any safety concerns.