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Upcoming Shoal Creek Water Festival offers fun and education for all ages

Group builds boat for closed camp

Water Festival Preview
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Water Festival Preview

JOPLIN, Mo. - Lindsey Luebber and DeAna Reed are transforming a pile of cardboard into a water conquering vessel. 

Lindsey Luebber, "Mintahama Hope" team member: "Even though we'll have life jackets on, I'm so scared that it won't float for very long."

They've spent the last week getting their first ever boat ready for the annual Shoal Creek Water Festival.

Something that taken multiple layers of cardboard, a whole lot of duct tape, and tubes and tubes of liquid nails to do. 

The Camp Mintahama Friends Group, now called Mintahama, is getting ready for a capital campaign to raise 300 thousand dollars to buy the camp.. and they plan to use the boat to raise awareness.

Luebber: "It's a good way for us to have a learning opportunity as volunteers together and to have fun, and to support their campaign, but it also puts our name out there so people realize that we're fighting for our camp."

The Shoal Creek Water Festival is being put on by the Wildcat Glades Friends Group, and promises all kinds of fun in the water. 

Events like a kids fishing derby, water balloon volleyball, a shoebox boat race for kids, a rubber ducky race, and of course.. the cardboard boat race. 

Lauren Copple, Wildcat Glades Friends Group: "We have a lot of them that sink as soon as they touch the water."

But it's not just a day in the sun, it's also geared toward education. 

Copple: "Goal number one is getting them out here, getting them to the festival, and just.. water is so important. A lot of the water that we drink and that we use comes from streams just like this. So just kind of describing to them the wildlife and the critters that live there and why this is important. That brings a lot of knowledge to the public that they may not think about."

Mixing fun and education.. a combo that should make a fun day for everyone, whether they sink or swim. 

The water festival starts at 9 AM with a kids fishing derby at Walter Woods Conservation Area, and a splash and swim at Wildcat Glades. 

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