Wildcat Glades Shoal Creek Water Festival Saturday


It's about raising money for kids educational programs!

(JOPLIN, Mo.) — Saturday Shoal Creek Water Festival at Wildcat Park runs all day. So many fun things for kids and families as we celebrate Joplin’s water source Click here for Wildcat Glades Friends Group website.

The dunk tank is always a fun spot! KSN-16 TV anchors Jessica Schaer, Austin Hyslip. Also Local News Today anchor Erin Sullivan and KODE Good Morning Four States meteorologist, Adam Sherwinski and others!

All monies raised go to fund educational programs for kids to get them out and experience more of nature, at Wildcat Glades on beautiful Shoal Creek.



9:00 – 11:00Inner Tube Float, Splash & Swim – Bring one of your own, or borrow one of ours, but get out, float, and enjoy the creek! (Life Jacket Required) [ Information PDF ]
9:30 – NoonPeople’s Choice Judging of Cardboard Boats that will be racing in the afternoon – vote on your Favorite! Rules & Information PDF ]
9:30 – NoonWater Balloon Volleyball [Information PDF ]
10:30 Kids Fishing Derby Awards (Entertainment Tent) [ Call MDC: 417-629-3423 ]
11:00 AM People’s Choice Voting 11:45 A.M.People’s Choice Judging for the Kids Shoe box Boats that will be racing at Noon- vote on your favorite!
11:00 Inner Tube Race (Life Jacket Required) [ Information PDF ]
11:00 Raptor Show (Entertainment Tent)
12:00 Shoebox Boat Race Information PDF ]
1:00 Cardboard Boat Races (Life Jacket Required) 
1:30Awards for Shoebox Boat Race and Inner Tube Race (Entertainment Tent) 
1:40 Raptor Show (Entertainment Tent)
2:30 Awards for Duck Race & Cardboard Boat Race (Entertainment Tent) 


Click this link, then click “buy tickets”

We spent some time on Shoal Creek talking with Educator and Naturalist, Lauren Copple, of the Wildcat Glades Friends Group who told us more details on the water festival all from a kayak!

Here’s the link where you can build a cardboard boat and challenge friends and family to race for bragging rights, a trophy and a little cash or create a shoe box boat with your kids or grand-kids and race to the finish line.

Purchase a duck for the DUCK RACE (see below) and cheer yours on to win a kayak, a Yeti cooler, and many other fantastic prizes.

And Missouri American Water will do their best to keep you hydrated.

  • Cardboard Boat Races
  • Inner Tube Races
  • Water Balloon Volleyball
  • Food Trucks
  • Kid’s Shoebox Boat Races
  • Inner Tube Float
  • Kid’s Fishing Derby
  • 20+ Booths/Activities
  • Duck Races
  • And Much More

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