Grab the kids, it’s time for Wallowa Resources’ 11th Annual Watershed Festival.

The family oriented event begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 26, at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds. It’s all over by 4 p.m., including the live music.

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

The Watershed Festival combines outdoor summer fun with learning experiences. To that end, 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, come together to demonstrate what they do in the community through family-friendly activities.

A scavenger hunt will send kids searching for stickers and facts about Wallowa County to earn a prize upon completion. Live birds of prey will show kids exactly what “having an eagle eye” means or how to look “owly-eyed.” Kids can also build birdhouses, tag fish, make paper, and much more.

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

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

With so many attractions, many attendees spend longer at the Watershed Festival than they think they will. But Wallowa Resources’ High School Internship has got you covered, there. Festival-goers can grab lunch and support the Internship program by purchasing food.

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

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.

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

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