The city of Independence is once again highlighting one of the earth’s most important resources during the sixth annual EcoFest - It’s All About Water.

The city of Independence is once again highlighting one of the earth’s most important resources during the sixth annual EcoFest - It’s All About Water.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Dr. The event is free and designed for families.

The goal of EcoFest is to teach everyone in the community abut why it is important to not only protect water, but also preserve it for future generations. Information is given in a fun, yet informative format. Exhibitors at the festival will share information about a variety of topics including local watersheds, conservation and the importance of water quality.

One activity is the Eco-Passports. Those who attend can collect stickers for their “passports” by answering questions at the different booths. Completed passports can be turned in for a free 2013 EcoFest T-shirt.

Exhibitors include those from the Independence Parks and Recreation, Water and Water Pollution Control departments; Independence Power and Light; the Independence Tree Commission; the Beautification Commission; Lakeside Nature Center, the Little Blue River Watershed Coalition; the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, among others.

The exhibitors are not just limited to booths. There will also be some interactive displays to get the children involved, including Frog Frenzy and the Stream Table.

Additional entertainment will be provided by the Kansas City Kite Club, the Recycle Cycle, Eco Elvis, the Green Spirit Band, visits with EcoStreet characters and Stan Slaughter, the “Eco Troubadour.”

EcoFest is sponsored by Tenaska, HDR, Rand Construction Company, USC Technologies, Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Whiting-Turner, Wilson and Company Engineers and Architects and Sega.

For more information, visit www.indepmo.org/ecofest.