Keeping our Waters Blue, 2015 Water Festival

What: 5th Annual Benzie County Water Festival

When: February 20, 21, 22

Where: On Friday, the ever-popular live reptile and amphibian display will be at Platte River Elementary in Honor during school hours for all Platte River students and after school is open to the public. Also on Friday, Hans VaSumeren, director of NMC’s Water Studies Institute, will present water-related further-education options to Benzie Central High School students. On Saturday, there will be an ice-fishing tournament from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with prizes and cash for the winners. Pre-register at Big Bob’s Up North Outfitters in Frankfort. The Betsie Bay Frozen 5k begins at 10am with registration from 8:30-9:30am at Stormcloud Brewing Company in Frankfort. Run around the bay from Elberta to Frankfort with 100+ other crazy winter runners! Snow stories and crafts for ages 3-5 with Miss Ashley will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the Benzie Shores District Library in Frankfort. There will also be a snowman competition in the park for all ages. Saturday afternoon will have a panel of water experts talking about the Detroit water shutoffs this summer, the Great Lakes’ toxic algae problem, and rate increases in our county. Saturday evening, there will be music at The Cabbage Shed in Elberta. More events are being added!