The 2nd Annual Wolfforth Water Expo is planned for Saturday, May 9 and organizers say they will implement some changes to make this year’s Expo even better. This year’s event will be held at Frenship High School in the practice gym, just south of the Tiger Pit. Darrell Newsom, City Manager says he hopes by having it at the High School, the event will be easier to find. “The high school venue (also) will allow us to have a separate kids area so they can have fun and the noise won’t disturb the sessions in the gym.” The kids area was a huge success and organizers will be bringing back both the Art Contest and other hands-on kids activities.
The agenda for speaker topics this year includes Xeri Landscaping, Rain Water Harvesting, Water Conservation Plants and information from the National Weather Service. Between 10 and 12 speakers will be presenting throughout the day beginning at 11am. A schedule of speakers and topics will be posted closer to the event date and be available at the Expo. Dotty Woodson, a water resource specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas, is the keynote speaker. Woodson is one of the creators of Texas SmartScape, a water-efficient landscape design and maintenance program. Area nurseries will be set up outside in the breezeway so that attendees can see drought-tolerant plants first-hand and also purchase and take home their favorites that day. The gym will also be full of exhibitors providing information on various products and services to help you be water wise. Other activities planned include a water “taste test” and visits from “Walter Drop” the Expo mascot. Area food trucks have been invited to set up in the High School parking lot to feed the public. Wolfforth City Councilman and Expo coordinator David Cooper says, “Following the success of last year’s Expo, we continue to educate the public about water in the region and its declining availability. With this knowledge, people have a better understanding how they can stop water waste and reduce their overall water footprint.”
Primary sponsors of the event include the City of Wolfforth’s Community Development Corporation and Economic Development Corporation. Other sponsors include American Bank of Commerce and City Bank. Assistance is also provided by High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1, Lubbock Master Gardeners, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For the latest information on the Water Expo, visit www.facebook.com/wolfforthwaterexpo