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March 31, 2006

County Health Department Sponsors Annual Drinking Water Contest at Lake Ontario Bird Festival

MEXICO – The Little Salmon River provides a lovely setting for this year’s annual competition for the best-tasting drinking water in Oswego County Saturday, May 6, at the Lake Ontario Bird Festival. The contest is sponsored by the Environmental Division of the Oswego County Health Department.

The tenth annual Lake Ontario Bird Festival begins at 10 a.m. May 6 at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park and Campgrounds, County Route 16, Mexico. There is no admission charge.

“Oswego County is very fortunate to have beautiful parks and natural areas, with an abundant supply of drinking water,” said Natalie Roy, associate public health sanitarian for the county Health Department. “The drinking water contest helps remind people of the importance of protecting our aquifers and surface waters in Oswego County and across New York State.”

All municipal water supplies in Oswego County are eligible to enter the contest. Visitors to the festival will taste water from municipal water systems in the county and vote on their favorite samples. Oswego County’s winner will advance to a regional contest, and regional winners will compete for the state title at the New York State Fair in August.

“This year’s bird festival will focus on Native American traditions and their connection to our environment in Central New York,” said festival co-chairwoman Barbara Lighthall. “We’ll have a workshop on bird and animal totem symbols and Native American musicians. Later in the evening, we’ll have storytelling around a campfire on the flat rock along the Little Salmon River.”

The festival will also include live bird demonstrations, educational workshops, and several activities for children.

The tenth annual Lake Ontario Bird Festival is sponsored by the Town of Mexico, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort, Oswego County Department of Promotion and Tourism, Caraccioli and Associates, Constellation Energy Nine Mile Point, Eastern Shore Associates, Eddie’s Big M, Hiscock and Barclay, LLP, New Haven Building Supply, North Country Veterinary Services, Oswego County Weeklies, Port Lodge Motel, Price Chopper, Redwood Motel, and Stewart’s Shops.

For more information, call Yogi Bear’s at 963-7096.

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