Lakes Festival To Take Place This Weekend

WARSAW — This year’s Northern Indiana Lakes Festival on June 11 and 12 will feature several new events, including the Crawfish Adventure Race, presented by Metzger’s Outdoors, and Paddle Wars, presented by P4C Paddlers for Conservation. The Lakes Festival is an annual celebration of our local lakes and waterways held at Central Park in Warsaw.The festivities will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 with the Northern Indiana Lakes Duck Calling Competition. At 10 a.m., swimmers can show off their skills at the Aqua Mile Swim Race. Food vendors, a water quality circuit activity, lake education, open swimming, a petting farm, craft activities and the Lakes and Streams Art Contest Display all begin at 11 a.m.

The Crawfish adventure race starts at 12:30 p.m. and Paddle Wars starts at 3 p.m. The first-ever Paddle Wars is an event organized by the P4C Paddlers for Conservation club, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to promoting paddling, education and conservation. For this event, teams of four will participate in a tug-of-war in which two canoes will be tied together stern to stern; the first team to pull their opponent past the center line (rope) wins.

The evening’s entertainment includes a concert by Island Breeze, a steel drum band from Indianapolis at 9:30 p.m. and a fireworks show over Central Lake presented by Zimmer-Biomet.

The festivities will start back up at noon on Sunday, June 12 with more lake education and craft activities.The Lake City Skiers will perform at 1 p.m. and awards will be given out for the Lakes and Streams Art Contest at 2 p.m. The last event of the festival will be Mark’s Ark Animal Show at 3 p.m.

A full schedule of the weekend’s activities and additional information can be found online.

This year’s top sponsors include Zimmer Biomet, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission, DePuy Synthes, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Maple Leaf Farms and Silveus Insurance Group.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts applicable research, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with other organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner.

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