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Annual Shoal Creek Water Festival offers boat races, kids games and conservation lessons

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Four-staters gathered along Shoal Creek in Joplin to visit the educational booths and partake in the boat and duck races. The event is highlighted by a cardboard boat race in which 20 boats registered this year.  

Organizers say the free event is a way for locals to understand the importance of Shoal Creek, as well as to learn about water quality and conservation.

"Water is taken for granted," said organizer Kerstin Landwer. "You turn on the faucet, there it is. Not forever, guys. So it's really important that we come to things like this and we learn what we can do at home or what we can do at work, how we can water our lawns, how we can run our showers and still conserve enough water so our grandchildren have it."

Local enterprises helped to sponsor the event. 

This year marked the premiere of the kayak slalom races. 

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