The St. Cloud Extravaganza - Saturday, March 10, 2007

St. Cloud Extravaganza Photos.

You’re probably asking yourself, “What in the heck does this guy have to do with aquatic weeds?”  Well, it is the St. Cloud Extravaganza.  Actually, other than the fact that at this event the Hydrilla and Hygrophila Demonstration Project booth was right next to the beer tent, absolutely nothing!!  I just wanted to get your attention!!

The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce hosted a community and business extravaganza on March 10 to celebrate our armed forces.  UF/IFAS Osceola County Extension attended the event to educate residents about hydrilla and hygrophila and other aquatic invasive plants that are found in the lakes.  Our booth was well equipped with touch tanks and information about how residents can help prevent the spread of aquatic and invasive weeds.

Here are some pictures from the event:

Hydrilla booth at the event.

The Hydrilla Booth, complete with Touch Tanks containing hydrilla and water hyacinth.  I wanted to show residents what the weeds looked and felt like.  Being able to identify the weeds can help prevent their spread.

Touch tanks at the hydrilla booth.


Jessica Sullivan with Florida Yards and Neighborhoods demonstrating water runoff.

Jessica Sullivan, Florida Yards and Neighborhoods faculty member uses an enviroscape to show children how oil from cars, pesticides, fertilizers, silt and other things end up in our lakes and how this causes problems with water quality and aquatic plants, including hydrilla.

The Enviroscape in action.

Beer Fest.

He was like the Pied Piper, leading people to the Beer Fest with the tantalizing sounds of German accordion music.  That always seems to get people in the mood!

It was a great day!  I hope we reached a few residents and helped prevent the spread of hydrilla and hygrophila.