University Relations Office
University of Wisconsin-Superior
Belknap and Catlin
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
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The community is invited to celebrate Lake Superior Day on July 21st at Barkers Island in Superior, WI. Drop in for live music, kids' activities, the Blessing of the Fleet, student performances, art, informational booths, and local vendors from 11:30am until 4pm, all focused on celebrating and appreciating our Great Lake.
Vendors and informational booths will open at Festival Park on Barkers Island at 11:30am, along with a tent just for kids. Music performances by Laughing Fox, the St. Louis River Rats, Sonja and the Reckoning, and Tin Can Gin will keep things lively.
Superior Council for the Arts will exhibit their "Postcards from our Estuary" and "Snow Snakes" art shows from 11:30 to 4pm and are sponsoring a poetry contest in celebration of the day. Local artists and crafts people will be exhibiting and selling their wares all day.
The Lake Superior Binational Forum will honor regional stewards of Lake Superior at 1:00PM. At 1:15 PM, the Twin Ports Ministry of Seafarers and the US Coast Guard will conduct a Blessing of the Fleet for Twin Ports watercraft. A kids tent, fun photo booth, and "Ask a Scientist" booth will all be set up at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve.
The SS Meteor Marine Museum will be offering half price tours all day and food will be available. UW-Superior Adventures will also be hosting a free canoeing experience in the protected bay behind Barkers Island.
Lake Superior is the cleanest, coldest, and clearest of the Great Lakes. The largest lake by surface area in the world, it fuels our local shipping, commercial fishing, and recreation industries as well as providing a source of clean drinking water. Every day, each of the 600,000 human residents of the Lake Superior basin use water from the lake for drinking, home use, industrial use, or recreation. The lake is also essential for countless fish, birds, animals, and plants. Lake Superior Day was started in the early 1990s to highlight the importance of this great water body to the basin's environment and economy. This year's event in Superior is being coordinated by the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, a federal reserve encompassing over 16,000 acres along the St. Louis River freshwater estuary. Come enjoy the fun and appreciate the lake!
Deanna Erickson, Education Coordinator
Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve
14 Marina Drive, Superior WI 54480
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