Pokegama Lake Association’s 19th Annual Fresh Water Fair, by Lyn Johnson, Manager

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Pokegama Lake Association will be conducting its 19th annual Freshwater Fair.  The purpose of this event is to provide knowledge and experiences for area fifth grade students on ground water, lakes, rivers, and streams.  In addition, it stresses the importance of keeping all of our water resources clean, and the many factors that affect the quality of those water resources.

Held at the Pine County Fairgrounds and VFW, the program is comprised of learning stations where teachers and students can attend up to six or seven of our 16 educational modules.  Many youth have expressed how much fun they had learning from the presenters and modules.  In fact, some former participants have attributed their choice of a vocation in the scientific realm to their Freshwater Fair experience.

The students have a morning break of cookies and milk.  For lunch, they each bring a bag lunch and juice is provided by the PLA, along with more cookies.  The milk is donated by the Pine City Elementary School.  The teachers, instructors, and other adult volunteers are provided with a complimentary lunch prepared by the PLA Food Committee.  Plus, the instructors and helpers are provided with coffee, juice, and rolls upon their arrival.

This is a major undertaking of the PLA organization.  Thanks to the many people who have created and helped with this event throughout the years, it is a very successful program.   In fact, our event has been chosen to be a National Park model from the St. Croix River Association.

As we look forward to next year’s 20th Anniversary, we’re already thinking about how to make it special, so stay tuned.