By Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District
Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District (Lehigh Acres MSID) will host its Annual Wings Over Water Festival (WOW) on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Harns Marsh, in Lehigh Acres, to help the public discover the beauty of southwest Florida’s water, land and wildlife. The festival will run from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday at Harns Marsh.
This educational, community event celebrates southwest Florida’s natural resources and included presentations from experts, an array of exhibits from local organizations, kids activities, food, guided walks and a rubber duck race.
Lehigh Acres MSID’s mission is to preserve and protect the water resources within its boundaries. In the early 1980’s, LAMSID transformed the 578-acre farmland into an active stormwater facility, Harns Marsh, to filter water and reduce flooding to the Orange River. The water control structures have helped create a lush habitat for snail kites, limpkin and more than 160 species of animals. Harns Marsh is located in the eastern portion of Lee County located off of Sunshine Blvd. in Lehigh Acres.
Admission to the annual festival is free of charge due to the generosity of sponsors like: AIM Engineering and Surveying, Inc., Brown and Brown Public Risk Insurance Agency, Brian and Sara Cottrell; Caloosa Bird Club and the Southwest Florida Audubon Society and support from organizations like the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres and Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties.
The district will host a variety of on-site activities from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. including lectures from experts; exhibitions by wildlife and education-related organizations, Lehigh Acres businesses and local government agencies; children’s activities, and more.
Steve Masek is returning to the festival by popular demand to host two live animal presentations. With a variety of Florida’s native and invasive animals.
The Lehigh Acres MSID Kid’s Zone will offer face painting, games, and other activities.
Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties will host the WOW Festival’s annual Rubber Duck Race to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres will host a farmers market with fresh fruits and veggies for sale. The Lehigh Acres Garden Club will be selling plants at the event.
For more information, visit www.wingsoverwaterfestival.com. Getting there: From Lee Blvd. head north on Sunshine Blvd., turn left on Olive Ave. N. and then turn left on 38th St. W.; and continue to Harns Marsh.