SDSU Extension and South Dakota 4-H participated in the 24th annual Big Sioux Water Festival on the campus of SDSU, May 10. Students from area schools were engaged in many area of the festival. The festival is a one day water themed event where youth can apply their knowledge of water education they have learned in their classrooms.
There were 29 area schools, 1,120 students, 59 teachers, 101 parents and 208 volunteers that had a hand in making the Big Sioux Water Festival successful.
Youth attended presentations and exhibit hall. Amanda Stade (SDSU Extension State 4-H Events Management Coordinator), led Thunderstorm on the Plains presentation at University Student Union; Sonia Mack (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor, Brookings), taught Terrific Terrarium at the Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab, Sara Koepke (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor, Grant) and county 4-H youth showcased aquatic robotics as part of the exhibit hall in the University Student Union, and Maria Feldhaus (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor, Miner); Hilary Rossow (former SDSU Extension State 4-H Animal Projects Coordinator), Jodi Loehrer (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor, Codington), and Mary Claire Roudabush (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor, Kingsbury & Hamlin) served as guides and chaperones.
The Big Sioux Water Festival is a collaboration between East Dakota Water Development District and a SDSU professor.