Lenexa Waterfest

Established 1999

General Information: 

This event is community-based. We estimate about 3000 citizens participate each year. This event is open to all, serving primarily Johnson County Kansas.

Next Celebration Date: 
July 31, 2010

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa, KS

Organizer(s): 

Mandy Stark
Watershed Division-City of Lenexa
mstark@ci.lenexa.ks.us
(913) 477-7684

Festival Activities: 

Environmental & Water Quality Education booths, Water slide, Surf-N-Slide, Moonwalk, Fire Department deluge, Cane Pole fishing, Paddleboats, Face Painting and balloon animals, Live bird presentation, Musical Entertainment, Prize giveaways, Free hot dogs, chips and drink (first 1000 people)

Detailed Festival Information: 

Waterfest began as a way to introduce the community to the Citys new Watershed Division and the concept of turning rain into recreation. In 1999, citizens were asked to approve a 1/8 cent sales tax to help fund the vision. The first Waterfest gave citizens information on proposed projects, including the construction of future lakes. Lenexa is known for its many festivals and holding a festival to celebrate Water and the natural environment was welcomed by the community.

Waterfest is successful because it is a family oriented event, balancing fun and educational components. The variety of environmental groups that continue to return each year, bring their own unique approach to education. Our Watershed Division partners with the citys Parks and Recreation Department to provide interactive and fun family activities. Finally, the support and encouragement we receive from the community encourages us to bring this festival back year after year.

For a community festival setting the date for the event is one of the greatest challenges, especially during the summer when you are competing with so many other events. After several years of holding this event, we have learned to keep the date consistent so that people know to watch for it and our exhibitors know to plan for it.

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