2nd Annual Aqua Chautauqua Today in Detroit Lakes
Carol McCarthy | Aug 15, 2019 AT 7:21 am
DETROIT LAKES, MN--Water is the feature later today at Becker County's Dunton Locks Park south of Detroit Lakes. It's the 2nd Annual Aqua Chautauqua. Event organizer Karen Terry from the University of Minnesota Extension Office says the "Chautauqua" is an old word used in the late 1800's or early 1900's for traveling shows that were set up outside of town for week or few days. The event was about sharing information through music or theater on history, science or news. She says people would pack up their picnic baskets and the family and head out to the Chautauqua. She says it's about coming together to enjoy some fun and education at the same time. Terry says a number of organizations and agencies who work with water will be on hand at the park with booths and demonstrations or fun activities for kids and adults. Some of the topics include examples of what plants lake property owners can plant on their shorelines to protect lake water quality from runoff; history of fish in the area; the latest satellite technology being used to monitor lake water quality. The Aqua Chautauqua will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Dunton Locks Park, south of Detroit Lakes. It's free! There will be a food trucks on hand to purchase something to eat while you are there. Terry says there will also be free bikes to ride about a mile into the park from the bowling alley parking lot in Detroit Lakes.