Fishing activities

Okoboji Blue Water Festival will offer free family activities on Saturdays

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa (KUOO) — The Okoboji Blue Water Festival will be held Saturday at Preservation Plaza in Arnolds Park.

Festival co-chair Julie Peterson said this year’s event will feature even more free activities for children. “One thing they’ll be doing is a fishing booth where they can win prizes,” Peterson said. “There will be a t-shirt painting area which has been very popular in the past. There will be face painting, we have a professional face artist. There will be a huge inflatable structure for the children to play on. We will have hands-on activities on the water and part of that will be water tables and at one place there will be a sinking station there will be a watershed at another table, and there will be bubbles at one of them. We have lots of fun gifts. We give away books for kids, sunglasses, little plastic wallets you can put on your phone or iPad, and then this year we’re offering something different, bowls for collapsible dogs.

Children’s entertainment will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For adults, there will be a fishing seminar, vendor and information exhibits, and a keynote speaker. This year’s festival will end on Saturday evening with a concert featuring “The Nadas” and Melissa Ethridge.

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