Ironville The Adirondack Waterfest is coming to Penfield Museum in the Crown Point hamlet of Ironville.
The 18th annual event will be held Friday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a free day of water-related exhibits and events, entertainment and food.
“It’s educational and it’s fun,” said Lois Sayward of the Essex County Soil & Water Conservation District. “We’ve invited all the youth commissions in the county and hope a lot of people will attend.”
The day’s activities will include music by Roy Hurd, a birds of prey demonstration, games, backyard bass fishing, a water-quality trivia contest and exhibits.
The emphasis of the Adirondack Waterfest, which is held in a different community each summer, is local water quality, watersheds, invasive species, septic system maintenance and shoreline erosion. It is sponsored by the Essex County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Council.
The Adirondack Waterfest was held in Ticonderoga in 2007. Last year it was in Lake Placid.
“This event showcases local businesses and organizations that are involved in water quality and gives them a unique opportunity to disseminate a large quantity of educational materials to a local audience,” according to a statement from the soil & water district. “Hundreds of people from surrounding communities attend to learn about their local water bodies through presentations, games, educational exhibits, nature walks and much more. An array of water quality issues are addressed, such as stormwater runoff, erosion and sediment control, wells, septic systems and watershed and lake health.
“It is an all-day event that is free and is funded by local non-for-profit organizations, city and county entities and private and state grant funding,” the statement reads.
For more information call the Essex County Soil & Water Conservation District at 962-8225.
Located in the Crown Point hamlet of Ironville, the Penfield Museum is the former home of Allen Penfield and reflects the 19th Century when mining dominated the regional economy. It is also the birthplace of the electrical age.