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June 30, 2014

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is set to make a splash on Saturday, July 26 during its "Living on the Water" exhibit opening celebration and festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.! With sandcastle building contests, water relay races, a dunking booth, and a plethora of games and crafts, the museum is the place to be the last Saturday in July!

"Inside and out, the museum is going to be buzzing," said Carolyn Seay, special events manager at the museum. "Along with the Martinsville City Fire Department, kids are going to be able to compete in a water relay race to see which team can pass the pail of water down the line the fastest to put out the fire. We'll have a sandcastle building station all day long where attendees can sculpt their unique works of art. People are already starting to hone their throwing arms for the dunking booth."

Additionally, the museum will host Allan Matsumoto, a famed regional sandscaper who will be at the museum all day long creating a grandiose sea-themed sand sculpture to be displayed at the museum.  The museum expects to be able to display the creation for up to 6 weeks.

Local outdoors expert, Brian Williams, of the Dan River Basin Association, will also be on hand to discuss how the recent coal ash spill in the Dan River has affected our entire region and what everyone needs to do to safeguard against potential ill effects.

Water is one of the most fundamental and essential resources in our daily lives.  The "Living on the Water" exhibit, an original museum exhibit open from July 29, 2014 - July 26, 2015, explains how water is used as consumption, recreation, workforce and research through a variety of hands-on interactives and visuals.

For more information, contact the museum at information@vmnh.virginia.gov.

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