Saturday, November 1, 2014
@ Ken Thompson Park
The third annual Water Festival is set for Saturday, November 1 at Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota. The purpose is to celebrate the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life. NEW for 2014 is an evening after party at a different venue featuring terrific live music and a costume contest with prizes for best costumes with a nautical, water or wildlife theme.
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Have Fun – Live music with top area bands, food trucks & local restaurants, beer & wine garden, Art Zone featuring fine artists & wildlife photographers selling gift items, great raffle prizes, Dragon Boat Races, and a display of the winning photos from the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest. Help paint the Community Art Mural acknowledging the beauty of Sarasota Bay and the allure of water recreational activities. Don’t forget the evening adult after party featuring live music and a costume contest with terrific prizes for best costumes with a nautical, water or wildlife theme. We will post details about the party later in the year.
Learn New Things – Four panel discussions on bay-friendly living with local experts, vintage & new boats, kids fishing clinic, dip netting and nature walks, plus exhibits and activities promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddleboard sports, scuba diving, wildlife protection, and more. The 2013 panel discussion topics included: Protecting Sarasota Bay Wildlife, Reducing Stormwater Pollution, Environmental Education & Stewardship, and Sarasota Bay: Past, Present and Future.
Enjoy live music from noon until sunset. The award-winning guitarist Ben Hammond of Sarasota and Maine will be our performing MC for the third consecutive year. Ben is a crowd favorite with his unique brand of live-looped Acoustic Soul-Pop. Ben will be joined by some other terrific performers.
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) was the Presenting Sponsor, and HDR, Inc. was the Host Sponsor for 2013. Visit the Sponsors page to learn more about all of our 2013 sponsors. Many of the 2013 sponsors will be back in 2014 and we look forward to welcoming new sponsors that also care about Sarasota Bay. Email email@example.com.
We will present 80 exhibitors focused on water recreation and sports, other outdoor activities, fine arts and crafts, unique gifts for the holiday season, impressive wildlife photography, conservation and wildlife protection, practical ideas for bay-friendly living, and other unique products and services.
2013 Raffle Ticket Prizes:
Here are the great prizes we gave away in 2013: (1) 12-foot Perception Pescador Sport Kayak from Economy Tackle / Dolphin Paddlesports with an anchor trolley, two flush mount rod holders aft, Scotty rod holder forward, and a padded seat back; (2) Hovie Scout Paddleboard designed by renowned Yacht designer Tim Kernan from SUP Sarasota with front and rear carrying handles, an EVA foam deck pad, two molded hydration bottle holders, and a forward cargo area with bungee cord tie down strap; (3) A 18″ X 20″ matted Giclee print from the acclaimed Florida photographer Clyde Butcher; (4) PADI Open Water Diving Certification Class from Florida Underwater Sports; (5) Two hour excursion on the Hot Tamale, a Yamaha Jet Boat with Captain, instruction and water sports equipment plus a Sun-n-Fun gift basket from Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures; (6) Full Day Bike Rental from Freedom 4 Electric Bikes; and (7) Disc Sports Package from Sun King Disc Sports.
Our reduced footprint plan includes recycling throughout the venue and composting in the food court. We encourage everyone to consider our alternative transportation options. Free water taxi, parking for your bike, kayak or canoe, or the LBK Trolley. Convenient on-site car parking will also be available. Please carpool; vehicles with four or more passengers will receive one free raffle ticket.
Management & Marketing:
Triple 3 Marketing (T3M) is the same leadership team that produced the E-Fest Green Living Music & Arts Festival in 2007 and 2008. E-Fest remains the largest, most popular environmental event ever held in the region. T3M is the marketing contractor for SBEP and other businesses and nonprofit clients; inquiries welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival Support Team:
- Randy Moore, Triple 3 Marketing (Director / Sponsor Liaison)
- Bryan Moore, Triple 3 Marketing (Site Manager / Exhibitor Liaison)
- Sherri Swanson, HDR, Inc. (Sustainability Coordinator)
- Sara Kane, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (Panel Discussion Coordinator)
- Sandy Hedgepeth, Professional Photographer (Photo Contest Support)
- Ben Hammond, Professional Musician (Live Music Master of Ceremonies)
- Many more professionals in Sarasota and Manatee County are involved to support their respective organizations. We also had 30 terrific local volunteers.
2013 Presenting Sponsor: The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is a National Estuary Program that strives to improve water quality, increase habitat and enhance the natural resources of the area for use and enjoyment by the public. Local government partners include Sarasota County, Manatee County, City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, Town of Longboat Key, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
2913 Host Sponsor: HDR, Inc. is a global employee-owned firm providing architecture, engineering, environmental, and construction services with more than 8,000 professionals in 185 locations worldwide. The company is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of service in Sarasota and 40-year anniversary of service in Florida. HDR has played a major role in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.