Woman’s Club to host annual Mermaid Festival June 23

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The Canyon Lake Woman’s Club will host its 4th annual Mermaid Festival on June 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Indian Beach.

This free community-wide event will feature a Cardboard Boat Race, Mermaid Grotto with photo opportunities with mermaids, Knobbly Knees Contest, costume competitions, Best Dressed Booth Contest, opportunity drawings, silent auction, grand prize drawings, games and crafts for children, vendors and food booths.

This year’s grand prize drawing prizes include an Aqua Lily Pad, kids kayak and three $100 cash prizes.

The winner of the Best Dressed Booth will be awarded $50 cash.

This year’s costume competitions are Best Dressed Mermaid, Best Dressed Junior Mermaid, Best Dressed Junior Pirate and the popular Knobbly Knees Contest. The winners will be awarded $25.

The Cardboard Boat Race also offers cash prizes. First place adult will receive $100. First place youth will receive $75. The Judges Choice and Best Dressed Vessel winners will be awarded $50 each. Signups are taken at the POA office. Registration is free for those who sign up by June 15. Registration is $10 for those who sign up after June 15.

The club is seeking contest and Mermaid Grotto sponsorships. The Mermaid Grotto is always center stage and the centerpiece of the festival. All the decorations are made from scratch, using spray foam, Styrofoam sheets, glue, etc. Since the inception of the festival in 2015, improvements have been made to the grotto by adding pieces as the club could afford.

For the first time, the club is seeking a sponsor that would be prepared to underwrite the cost of more pieces and/or contribute to making it bigger and better in some way. For sponsorship information, contact Tammy Stone at 909-223-4999.

Donations in the form of items and certificates are being sought for the silent auction and opportunity drawings. The donation deadline is June 15.

Vendors are also being sought. Single vendor booths are $40; double booths are $80. For booth registration contact Rose Marie Hand at 951-212-1946.

The Canyon Lake Woman’s Club is a non-profit, non-partisan, philanthropic service organization that was founded in 1972. The club hosts several events throughout the year to help raise money for local charities and in the form of scholarships to Canyon Lake students. In 2017, the club donated $15,000 in scholarships and $16,000 to local charities. This year the club is on target to give away $21,000 in scholarships and $21,000 to local charities.

For more information about this event, contact Jan May at 951-970-8333.

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