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Lagoonacy Returns to Marine Discovery Center In April

Mar 7th, 2017 | Category: MDC News

For Immediate Release

Lagoonacy Returns to Marine Discovery Center In April

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., March 1, 2017 – Lagoonacy will return to the Marine Discovery Center for the fourth year on Saturday, April 1. This year’s event will once again offer a variety of activities and displays for the public and will also kick off MDC’s 20th anniversary celebration.

The annual fundraiser, held with The Artists’ Workshop, will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food trucks, a beer garden, competitions, vendors and fresh-shucked oysters will be featured at the day-long festival.

“Lagoonacy is a celebration of the Indian River Lagoon through arts, sciences and our community,” said Chad Truxall, MDC Executive Director. “As an organization and city focused on water, Lagoonacy will provide a variety of activities for citizens of all ages.”

The highlight of Lagoonacy is the annual cardboard boat race, which will be staged in the restored salt marsh. This event encourages creativity and allows contestants to build their own boats using only cardboard and duct tape.

There is a $15 entry fee for the cardboard boat race and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. Groups, such as scouts and boating clubs, have emerged as past champions. Interested participants may register online for the cardboard boat race at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PTF2937

An archery contest for kids will provide boys and girls an opportunity to compete for prizes. Youngsters will be divided into two age groups (ages 8-12, 13-18) and prizes will be awarded in each age division for first, second and third place. Entry fee is $10 for each participant in the supervised competition.

In addition, kids will be able to participate in a variety of events in the Conservation Carnival for a nominal fee. Families may also test their paddling skills in a free kayak clinic, learn about shoreline restoration and oyster-shell recycling, enjoy face painting or meet a real-life mermaid.

A beer garden will be open to adults age 21 and over, and a live band, “Lex Groovius,” will play from 4-6 p.m. on a traveling stage provided by New Smyrna’s Lost Lagoon restaurant. The band will feature Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Jeff Beal on drums.

Oyster lovers may also participate in the “1,000 Oyster Challenge” to raise funds for the Marine Discovery Center. New Smyrna Beach restaurant Off the Hook Raw Bar & Grill will supply fresh oysters and Oyster Bob’s Nautical Nonsense Traveling Oyster Bar Company will shuck and prepare a half dozen oysters raw with your favorite sauce or steamed with butter for $8 (cash only). Guest shuckers who shuck oysters for one hour will receive a free dozen oysters to eat.

“This year marks the Marine Discovery Center’s 20th anniversary of protecting the Indian River Lagoon and as we have seen in the news, the lagoon needs our help more than ever,” added Truxall. “Lagoonacy helps provide information to the public in a way that’s enjoyable. It also shows how we are all connected to the lagoon and how we can all be a solution to its needs.”

For current information about Lagoonacy, visit www.facebook.com/marinediscoverycenter/events

For more information about the center, visit www.marinediscoverycenter.org. The Marine Discovery Center is located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.


11 am – 6 pm:  Food trucks, beer garden & oysters available

11 am – 4 pm:  Face painting, children’s arts & crafts at Artists’ Workshop

11:30 am – Noon:  Archery open shoot & kayak demo

12-12:30 pm:  Mermaid rescue, cardboard boats displayed, archery open shoot & kayak demo

12:30-1:30 pm:  Mermaid live in pool, cardboard boats displayed, archery open shoot & kayak demo

1:30-2 pm:  Archery competition, last kayak demo, mermaid live in pool, Cardboard boats displayed

2-2:30 pm:  Archery competition awards, Creatures of the Lagoon parade, Cardboard boats head to the marsh; last chance to see mermaid

2:30-3:30 pm:  Cardboard boat race

3:30-4 pm:  Cardboard boat race awards

4-6 pm:  Lex Groovius band live on stage

About The Marine Discovery Center

The Marine Discovery Center (MDC) was founded in 2000 with the goal to protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and community stewardship. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, MDC has become widely recognized for its quality educational and hands-on, feet-wet learning programs for kids, as well as adults. Using its 40-passenger Discovery boat and fleet of kayaks, the center offers learning opportunities as a floating classroom, in adventure camps, as well as for guided eco-tours by certified naturalists. The center showcases engaging exhibits for experiential learning and invites community participation in stewardship opportunities. For more information, visit www.marinediscoverycenter.org.

Contacts: media information – Lisa Mickey at lisa@marinediscoverycenter.org; other information – Traci Gardellis at traci@marinediscoverycenter.org or 386-428-4828.