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Okoboji Blue Water Festival 2019


Head the the Iowa Great Lakes for the fourth annual Okoboji Blue Water Festival - a celebration of water quality in the Iowa Great Lakes! This event, and all of its associated activities including a keynote speech by Alexandra Cousteau, fishing seminar and live music performances are free and open to the public. 

Activities will commence at 9 a.m. with the extremely popular Chalkstock, where both adults and youth can be part of bringing the Arnolds Park Walk alive with artwork featuring the theme of clean water. Other kids’ and family interactive learning stations will continue throughout the day. Multiple Clean Water Exhibitors will line the Preservation Plaza sidewalk.

At noon under the Big Tent in the northeastern corner of the Preservation Plaza, Dan Spengler, senior bait development engineer for Pure Fishing, will offer insights into the development process for Berkley hardbaits and terminal tackle as well as how they are paired with Berkley’s soft baits. Following the seminar, Spengler will invite those in attendance to join him at the dock on the shores of West Okoboji where he will demonstrate a variety of Berkley lures. 

The Okoboji Blue Water Festival, partnering with Iowa Lakeside Lab and Friends of Lakeside Lab, are pleased to bring the walking play “Nature” to the Iowa Great Lakes community. A professional ensemble of actors TigerLion Arts will perform the walking play. 

An evening of live music will be the culmination of a great day. Live music will kick off the evening starting at 6 p.m. Headliner Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers with with support from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason, will take the stage at 9 p.m. 

Make your way to the Iowa Great Lakes area prior to the Blue Water Festival to attend the Prairie Lakes Conference. Note: registration required. 

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

All Day

Preservation Plaza
Arnolds Park,