Watershed Festival Friday in Enterprise offers fun for whole family

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The Watershed Festival takes place Friday in Enterprise.
Courtesy photo The Watershed Festival takes place Friday in Enterprise.

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The Watershed Festival takes place Friday in Enterprise.

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• What: 11th annual Watershed Festival

• When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

• Where: Wallowa County Fairgrounds

• Details: More than 25 organizations will share what they do and offer family-friendly activities

 

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Wallowa Resources will host its 11th annual Watershed Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds.

Admission is free, and the first 200 families will also receive a free reusable grocery bag.

The Watershed Festival gives families a chance to connect with and learn about organizations serving the county while enjoying outdoor summer fun.

“The purpose is to celebrate this amazing place and to provide summer learning opportunities,” said Event Coordinator Amy Busch.

More than 25 organizations ranging from Fishtrap, which promotes “clear thinking and good writing in and about the West,” to Building Healthy Families, which strengthens families through education and support, will come together to share what they do with the community with family-friendly activities.

A scavenger hunt will send kids searching for stickers and facts about Wallowa County to earn a prize upon completion. Children can see live birds of prey, build birdhouses, tag fish, make paper and much more.

Wallowa Valley Music Alliance will once again host the music for the event from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Carolyn Lochert and Janis Carper will perform as well as many other local musicians.

“Bring a sun hat and sunscreen and a blanket to sit and enjoy the music,” Busch said.

With so many attractions, many attendees spend longer at the Watershed Festival than they think they will.

“Most families spend a minimum of three hours at the festival,” Busch said. “There is just so much to do that the kids get really involved in all the activities.”

Festivalgoers can grab lunch and support Wallowa Resources’ High School Internship Program. Earnings from food served will go to student stipends.

A number of sponsors help make this event possible: Community Bank, The Freshwater Trust, Northwest Fence, Grande Ronde Model Watershed, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Wallowa Valley Networks, Les Schwab, Winding Waters River Expeditions, Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, EnergyTrust of Oregon, Bank of Eastern Oregon, World Forestry Center, Building Healthy Families, Wild Carrot, Wallowa Lake State Park, Eastern Oregon University GO-STEM, and Central Copy.  Wallowa Resources appreciates their sponsorship.

For more information about the Watershed Festival, contact Busch at 541-426-8053 or visit it on the web at www.wallowaresources.org.

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