Third Annual Bridge Fest Celebrates Community and Water

By KBJR News 1

July 6, 2013 Updated Jul 6, 2013 at 6:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Hundreds gathered at Bayfront Festival Park on Saturday to celebrate one resource that connects people in the Twin Ports.

"The theme this year is Love 2013 and it's all about Lake Superior as kind of our big thing that brings us all together," said Shane Bauer Bridge Festival Director.

Special guest Dr. Masaru Emoto traveled to Duluth from Japan to participate in the bridge fest festival and celebrate the big lake.

"It's building community, bringing people together through our connection with water," said event organizer Jodi Christensen.

Water is a vital resource for the twin ports, which is why the festival is centered around it.

"What I love about the bridge fest with it being about community and water this year, is that the only way that we are going to make good decisions for the future of our region regarding Lake Superior, the Boundary Waters, the rivers, Penokee, the Atikoken, is if we all come together and realize we all have to have a voice together for our future," said Ian Kimmer, Northern Communities Director for Friends of the Boundary Waters.

After the water ceremony people were free to explore the booths featuring a variety of businesses and organizations.

"We have a farm out by Pattison Park, we have 40 goats and I milk a dozen of them a day. I make soap and lip balm, and lotions and candles with the milk.

"Avalon is an accountability based leaning academe. Basically all of our students come in we treat them like family and they really get to be part of the soul of the school," said Cassandra Anderson, wellness program manager at Avalon.

Some people also participated in group yoga.

"Yoga is really a practice in quieting your body and your mind and your heart so the better you feel in your body the more you can study the mind, so today's practice was more of a physical practice and finding ways to release tension in your body. In Yoga we believe we are one," said Christensen.

One entity bringing people together in a city unlike any other.

Northland singer and song writer Breanne Marie took the stage at 6 pm on Saturday.

Music continued with Mason Jennings taking the stage at 7 pm followed by Cloud cult at 9 pm.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.