The eighth annual Harford Streams Summer Adventure had another successful year helping to raise awareness and support for protecting Harford County’s natural waterways. The event drew 166 families/groups and 113 dogs with 406 adventurers qualifying for a free T-shirt and 34 furry friends qualifying for a bandana sponsored in part by Visit Harford.
This year’s grand prize drawing choices for participants who visited at least 15 locations were a paddle boarding trip or a family membership to Longwood Gardens. The grand prize winner was Kristin Opulencia and her dog Emi of Forest Hill, who chose the paddle boarding trip.
Those who visited at least 11 locations qualified for a drawing to win a weekend cabin stay at Susquehanna State Park or a campfire and animal encounter at Eden Mill Nature Center. The Chewning family of Fallston and their four furry friends were this year’s winners and chose the weekend cabin stay.
“Congratulations to our prize winners and thank you to the hundreds of participants for helping build support to protect our beautiful waterways in Harford County,” County Executive Bob Cassilly said. “This program is a great way to encourage residents to get out and explore some of the amazing outdoor areas across our great county.”
Developed by Harford County government’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Office, this award-winning program encourages citizens of all ages to take selfies at various locations and write a brief comment about their experiences to earn T-shirts and be eligible for other prizes. An online survey allowed participants to easily upload photos and submit their comments.