Cook said the variety of events from inflatables for children to a huge portable fresh water fish tank at Ridge Ferry Park gave people something to enjoy and learn about.
“We’re hoping to get people out here to connect them with ways they can protect our rivers, from recycling to cleaning up the waterways,” he said Saturday.
This weekend’s water- themed events culminated Saturday night in a concert at Rome City Auditorium by Billy Jonas, who has performed at the White House for President Barack Obama.
Much of the fun was during the morning canoe tug of war competition.
The winning team, made up of Shorter College students Lukas Gonzales and Seth Lindsay, along with Berry College student Nora Cook, will split $200 between themselves.
Gonzales said they planned to split the money three ways and use it for everything from changing their oil to buying food.
The three said the hardest part of the tournament was to get the initial momentum against another team.
The Floyd County government team, composed of Assistant County Manager Blaine Williams, Michelle Edmondson and Chris Jenkins, claimed second place. They said they’re planning to donate their $150 prize to the county’s March of Dimes team.
The Floyd County team initially dealt the winners their first loss in the double-elimination tournament, but was quickly overcome twice in the final round.
The environmental fair at Ridge Ferry Park as part of the weekend festivities also included the Environment Quiz Bowl at the ECO Center and a wildlife show.