Wildcat Glades Friends hold 15th annual Shoal Creek Water Festival

A way to celebrate, honor and preserve the city of Joplin’s water source, Shoal Creek, which flows through Wildcat Glades.
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JOPLIN, Mo. — The Wildcat Glades Friends Group host the 15th year of the Shoal Creek Water Festival. A way to celebrate, honor and preserve the city of Joplin’s water source, Shoal Creek.

One reason Wildcat Glades Friends Group exists is to provide educational opportunities right where we all live.  Today was part of that, spending time outdoors and enjoying the ‘glades.

As in years past kids compete in the Shoebox Boat Race. And others can compete in the Cardboard Boat Race.

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Redings Mill Fire Swift Water Rescue Team gave us a ride on the water so we could capture all the action of the boat races up close. Thank you to Battalion Chief Tyler Hailey for the camera escort.

Three boats competed in the final group race. They are all built with the strictest of standards and rules. See below to read more, maybe you are ready to compete next year!


  • Amazon Prime Team / GTS (which stands for “guaranteed to sink” we were told – but it did not!)
  • Quapaw Nation Environmental Group and their ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’
  • The Banana Boat

Watch our live! video to see who won the big race!



Amazon Joplin participated in an internal competition on Earth Day 2022. They planted 15 trees at McClelland Park among other service projects. They were 1 of 6 Amazon locations recognized across the country to receive a $10,000 grant. They donated to Wildcat Glades Friends. Check Presentation at the Water Festival, (L-R) Robin Standridge, Wildcat Glades Friends Exec Dir.; Kaleb Bratcher, Amazon Dir.; Troy and Becky, August 13, 2022.

This is the first year Amazon has been involved in the event. Kaleb B. of Amazon Joplin tells us in April their office won a internal national competition.

As part of Earth Day 2022, “We planted 15 trees in McClelland Park,” which then qualified them for 1 of 6 national grants. They were allowed to choose a local non-profit environmental group to receive the grant. They chose Wildcat Glades Friends.

Kaleb and other Amazon Joplin team members presented a check for $10,000.

The day culminated with the rubber duck race. Ducks are purchased in advance and prizes are awarded as they cross the finish line.

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