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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-372-5100, ext. 6446.