2017 Water Festival

What: 7th Annual Benzie County Water Festival

When: February 14th – 18th

More Details: coming soon!

The Benzie County Water Festival seeks to attract, entertain, educate, and activate individuals and groups within the community. This is a family-oriented, community-centered event that has fosters education, engagement, and networking in a rare and valuable way.

The first Benzie County Water Festival in March 2011 was very successful, with more than 300 attendees during a weekend of events that featured world-class Michigan musicians, speakers, and workshops. “Come Softly, Stand Firmly: Understanding the responsibilities of being the most beautiful place in America” was the theme of the second festival in April 2012, a one-day event where attendance exceeded that of the previous year, thanks to great programming that featured three panels of local experts who addressed the state of Benzie County’s watersheds, as well as the economic impact of entrepreneurial business in our region. “Under The Surface,” the theme for the third festival in April 2013 included panels on fracking in Michigan and the dredging of Betsie Bay, as well as a keynote address about NMC’s Water Studies Institute; also that year, the festival was able to broaden its outreach to more young people with a Water Science Fair by 50 Benzie Central High School science students. In April 2014, the fourth festival’s theme was “Keeping Our Waters Blue,” with an emphasis on engaging the public in the stewardship of the Great Lakes, responding to the global freshwater crisis, and cultivating a vibrant and sustainable local culture.

Seeking to emulate the precedent set by the past four years, this year’s festival will again feature world-class Michigan musicians, panel discussions, and speeches from water luminaries, interactive multimedia projects and presentations, visual art, children’s activities, and connections to local campaigns and projects. Through our fundraising efforts, we will work hard to ensure that the Benzie County Water Festival is free and open to the public, however donations are encouraged and will help to fund future events.

BCWC is always looking for more sponsors and volunteers. If you are interested in helping, send an email to aubreyannparker@gmail.com and for more information, visit www.Water-Festival.org or find us at facebook.com/BenzieCountyWaterFestival on Facebook.