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(CLAYTON) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Frank DiMarco announced today that the 8th Annual Gloucester County Water Fest will be held on Sunday, June 5, at Scotland Run Park from 11 AM to 4 PM.

"The Water Fest focuses on nature and it is a wonderful way for residents of all ages to learn about our environment and what we can do to preserve its beauty," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.

Water Fest offers several enjoyable and educational programs including the Raptor Project which will be lead by expert, Jonathan Woods, and features many live birds such as owls, eagles, and falcons. Sweeney said, "The Raptor Project is a great program where the audience gets to see these amazing birds in action and learn about their experiences in the wild. We are fortunate to have these tremendous programs at our event."

The Academy of Natural Science Show will also be at the Water Fest offering an educational show that inspires participants to help take care of our natural environment, and the New Jersey State Aquarium will present the Beach Detectives show. In addition, there will be music, crafters, exhibits, face painting, canoeing, kayaking and more.

"This event has really taken off. Our parks staff and the presenters do a wonderful job and we appreciate our sponsors for help making Water Fest happen year after year," said Freeholder Frank DiMarco. DiMarco serves as the liaison to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

DiMarco said that in addition to the Water Fest, the county has many recreational programs lined up for the summer. The programs are in the countys newsletter which will be mailed to households throughout the week. They can also be viewed online at and clicking on County Newsletter.

The event is sponsored by Gloucester County and is funded in part by Valero Refining Company-New Jersey, New Jersey-American Water, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc and Conectiv.

The event is free of charge. The Water Fest will be held rain or shine. Scotland Run Park is located on Academy Street (Co. Route 610) in Clayton. For more information call 881-0845.