Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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July 25, 2013

Waterfest rescheduled for July 27

Due to being rained out on its original date, the Waterfest & Family Fun Day has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 27, at Meadow Park Lake. If your family enjoys the outdoors and being on and around the water, you are going to love this event sponsored by Obed Watershed Community Association and hosted by Meadow Park Lake and the City of Crossville.

Water events will get started at 3 p.m. and live music featuring Aaron Ingram and Matt Page will begin at 6 p.m.

This is the second annual Meadow Park Lake Waterfest. It is a great day of fun for all ages. "There will be activities for every age," Marlene Potter, Meadow Park manager, said. "We are planning several different kinds of boat races utilizing canoes, small boats and kayaks. The boat races will be team events, and we are hoping to pair up fathers and mothers with sons or daughters."

Obed Watershed (OWCA) is on the forefront of this event. "Promoting watersports is a way to get people to appreciate and commit to water quality in our streams and rivers," said Dennis Gregg of OWCA. "That is the core of OWCA's mission."

There will be numerous booths and educational nature exhibits. Plans are under way for "water wars" for the kids who don't mind getting wet. Merrimack Canoe of Crossville will be on hand with some of their locally-made canoes for people to try out. There is no usage fee for the day and there will be prizes in the canoe races. "It's all about fun on this day," Potter added. "We want people to come out and enjoy our beautiful city lake."

In addition to canoes and kayaks, there will be group nature tours of the lake on pontoon boats with narrators. Meadow Park Lake is home to bald eagles which are seen on a regular basis. If you take this tour, perhaps you will see this great bird.

If you or your children would like to experience the joy of "getting on the water," there will be ample ways to accomplish this. Canoes and kayaks with instructors will be present. This event is to help the novice become more comfortable on the water. In addition to "how to," boaters will get instruction in safety. All boaters will wear life jackets.

The City Fire Department will be on site talking about fire education. The Cumberland County Rescue Squad will be present to monitor the day's activities, and the State Park's traveling nature display and fish exhibit will be there. Smith's Wild Animal Control will be there with their mascot, "Toby the Turtle."

There will be ample food and soft drinks available as Clark Annis will provide the pulled pork and hot dogs for sale, plus Mayfield will be giving away mini ice cream sandwiches. There will be displays and booths for native species and animals found in this region of lakes and creeks.

The city-owned Meadow Park Lake covers about 300 acres, and will become larger as work now under way will make the dam taller, causing the lake to expand. There is an abundance of wildlife living in and around the lake. "We have beavers, water otters and even a bald eagle living around Meadow Park," Potter added. "The beavers can be quite destructive on our trees, but we feel like they are under control. We also have a big population of water otters," she said. "They eat a lot of our fish, but people like to watch them."

So make plans today to bring your whole family out to the Waterfest and Family Fun Day at Meadow Park Lake (City Lake) just off south Lantana Road. That date again is Saturday, July 27, beginning at 3 p.m. For more information, call volunteer June Zettelmeyer at 788-5022.

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