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Joanne Proctor performs bluegrass music before the unveiling of John Mishler’s new sculpture, Dream Chaser, at the Goshen Powerhouse Park on July 2, 2011. The park will be the site of the Elkhart River Festival on Saturday, May 18, 2013. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen, File) (AP)

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Elkhart River Festival is Saturday, May 18

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 16, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

ELKHART — A local science teacher has organized an event to help people learn about the Elkhart River and its role in the community.

Organizer: Jake Miller, Goshen Middle School science teacher, put together the first-time event with the support of the Elkhart River Restoration Association.

What: Elkhart River Festival

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 18

Where: The old Goshen Powerhouse, downtown next to Interra Credit Union and the farmers market.

Why: Miller said the goal of the event is to build community and raise awareness of the beauty and usefulness of the Elkhart River.

What to expect: Several local bands will perform and speakers will talk about the river. Paul Steury, a professor at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center run by Goshen College; and Daragh Deegan, treasurer of the Elkhart River Restoration Association, will share their knowledge with attendees. The main event of the night is expected to be the fish shocking. Deegan will shock fish in the river, which allows him to gauge the health of the river, according to Miller.

Other: Saturday’s festival kicks off with a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to bring a dish to share. There is a $10 suggested donation to the ERRA.

For more information: Visit the event’s Facebook page.