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News Alert!!
The announcers at Camp Clearwater for the Carolina Show Ski Team on Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 will be live streaming on FM 92.5. Tune in and hear all of the action.
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UPDATE: Last minute run down of the scavenger hunt. You begin the hunt at Resort Collections where you will find the clue cards. They will be available today from 5 PM to 7 PM and tomorrow from 9 AM to 7 PM. After you locate the hidden clues (found at businesses on White Lake Drive) you will return your clue card to the arcade at Goldston's Beach. If the clue card is complete, you will be given a souvenir sticker of this year's White Lake Water Festival logo while supplies last!! THEN, your name goes in the hat for a drawing at 2:00 on Sunday for the basket of White Lake swag!! Remember to grab a clue card starting at 6:00 today

Scavenger Hunt
Read all about it!!
Join in the fun! Show up when you get here. No planning ahead is necessary!

Cornhole Tournament

A new addition to the Water Festival lineup this year is a Cornhole Tournament. It will be held on the Camp Clearwater arcade dance floor. Entry fee is $40 per team. Sign-up will be from 11:00 - noon.

Bags fly at 12:30!

100% payout!

Bring your partner!

Family Sand Castle Building Contest

This event is new this year... and is intended to be some good wholesome family fun! Bring your shovels, buckets, and bright ideas to Camp Clearwater Saturday, May 18, from 12:30 - 1:30. Prizes will be awarded.

Scavenger Hunt

Get ready for waves of fun as you embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the Water Festival. Dive into the heart of our community as you search for hidden water skis scattered about on White Lake Drive. Everyone who completes the hunt will be entered for a chance to win a prize pack full of White Lake goodies. Do you have what it takes to find them all? Get a copy of the clues at Resort Collections beginning Friday at 5PM. Turn them in by Sunday at 1:00 at the arcade at Goldston's Beach. Drawing for the winner is a 2:00 PM Sunday at Goldston's Beach

Ten Finalist for the Student Logo Competition have been picked!!
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🎨🌊 Exciting News! 🌊🎨

We're thrilled to announce that the Water Festival Committee has selected the top ten finalists for next year's logo! 🎉 These talented students from our local schools have poured their creativity into crafting stunning works of art.

Now, it's your turn to be part of the action! 🗳️ Head over to The Wake Shop at Goldston's Beach to cast your vote for your favorite logo. Voting kicks off on Friday, May 17th at 5:00 PM and continues until Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 PM. Every vote counts, so make sure your voice is heard!

Join us at Goldston's Beach on Sunday at 2:00 PM for the big reveal! 🏖️ We'll announce the winner live, and you'll get to witness the excitement firsthand. Remember to give a massive round of applause to these budding artists as they ride by in the parade on a float sponsored by Cape Fear Fire Protection and McDuffie Pest Control including last year's winner on the float!💙💦 #WLWF2024 #LocalArtists #CommunitySpirit

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White Lake Water Festival
Fashion Show
May 18 at 3:00
Main Stage
Goldson's Beach
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Join us on the main stage at Goldston’s Beach on Saturday, May 18, just after the Carolina Show Ski Team’s performance on the water, at the White Lake Water Festival Fashion Show! Join us at 3:00 PM for an unforgettable showcase featuring the latest trends and styles from The Wake Shop, Amy's By the Lake, and Resort Collections.

This year's show is packed with excitement as we unveil new releases from your favorite brands. Guys, you won't want to miss the abundance of Old South hats. Ladies, we've got you covered with everything from stylish cover-ups to chic sun hats and loungewear.

But that's not all! Dive into a sea of unique White Lake Merch and Get Your Board On Merch, perfect for adding a splash of personality to your summer wardrobe. Plus, we've got a treasure trove of children's items guaranteed to make a splash!

And remember, these shops aren't just about clothes – they've got everything you need for a day of fun in the sun, including water sports gear, toys, swimwear, and so much more.

Don't miss out on the fashion event of the season – see you there! #WhiteLakeWaterFestival2024 #WaterFestivalFashionShow #SummerStyle

🎉 Event Details:

  • Date: May 18th

  • Time: Shovels hit the sand at 12:30 and time is up at 1:30. Awards will be presented at 1:30!

  • Location: The contest will be on the beach at Camp Clearwater near the church.

Get ready to unleash your creativity and have a blast at the annual Sand Castle Building Contest, happening as part of the White Lake Water Festival May 18th from 12:30 - 1:30! Whether you're a seasoned sand sculptor or a first-time castle builder, this event promises fun for the whole family.

🏆 Categories and Awards:

Most Imaginative & Sweetest Creation: Let your imagination run wild! Build a sandcastle that showcases your creativity and sweetness. From fairy-tale castles to delicious desserts, the sky's the limit! This prize is ice cream for a family of four at the Sugar Shack!

Tallest Structure: Reach for the sky and build the tallest sandcastle possible! Test your engineering skills and see how high your team can go. This prize is for pizza for a family of four at Camp Clearwater


Most Difficult To Build - Technical Details: Attention to detail is key in this category. Show off your precision and craftsmanship by incorporating intricate technical details into your sandcastle design. This award is a family of four ice cream treat at The Marina and Watersports.


Most Fancy & Royal Design: Channel your inner royalty and create a sandcastle fit for a king or queen! Think elegant towers, majestic arches, and lavish decorations. This prize of a Royal DQ Cake is brought to you by the Dairy Queen at Goldston’s Beach.


Family Fun Award: It's not just about the sandcastle; it's about the memories you make together! This award goes to the family who looks like they're having the most fun while working on their creation. So, bring your enthusiasm and team spirit! This prize is brought to you by the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. 

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🏖️ Additional Activities:

While you're at the White Lake Water Festival, be sure to check out all the other exciting events and activities happening throughout the day. From the ski show to live music, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Don't miss out on this opportunity to showcase your sandcastle-building skills and make lasting memories with your family and friends. See you at the water’s edge! 🏖️🏰

🎟️ How to Participate:

Participation in the Sand Castle Building Contest is open to families - all ages and skill levels. You can simply show up on the event day with your buckets, shovels, and plenty of creativity! Or you can register HERE and receive a sand bucket from Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. 

🎉🏰🌊 Join the Fun at the White Lake Water Festival Sand Castle Building Contest! 🌊🏰🎉

This year’s Parade Marshals will be the brave Paratroopers and Green Berets of the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Liberty. These men and women are often seen during the summer months executing practice jumps from planes and helicopters into our beautiful White Lake. If you are lucky enough to have been out on the water and witnessed this, you will know what I am trying to say. 

As we recline on our piers or paddle around in our kayaks and watch these folks jump, it touches our hearts in a way that is hard to explain. It evokes a sense of patriotism. During all of these practice jumps, we just sit and watch. If one comes close to a pier, we hold our breath until he is brought by us in the pick-up boat with a big salute and smile. 

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For all of the joy and pride they bring us, we never get to interact with them. And so, in one of the first casual planning gatherings for this year’s Water Festival, we began to formulate the idea that by honoring them as our Parade Marshals, we are conveying to them, in some small way, our appreciation for what they do. The five you see leading the parade will take back pictures and words to the rest of their comrades. 🎖️ Don't miss this incredible opportunity to pay tribute to our nation's finest as they lead the way in our annual Water Festival Parade. It's a momentous occasion you won't want to miss! 🥁🎺

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The Carolina Ski Show Team Performs at the
White Lake Water Festival. 

🌊 Get ready for an exhilarating blast from the past at the White Lake Water Festival! 🌟 We're thrilled to announce the return of the beloved ski show event this year. 🎉The Carolina Ski Show from Tega Cay, South Carolina joins us on Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 PM for a jaw-dropping performance with you on the edge of your seat.  From Goldston's Beach to Camp Clearwater Campground, the shoreline will transform into a stage of aquatic prowess and skill. 🚤 So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and prepare to be amazed as these incredible skiers dazzle and inspire you! 💫 #WhiteLakeWaterFestival2024  #CarolinaSkiShow #ThrillsOnTheWaterfront 🌊

Look at those guys! Raising their hands to volunteer??? No, they were giving you a hint of what was coming!!

Today's spotlight is on the unsung heroes who are meeting every three or four weeks to iron out details to make this festival great. A few had stepped out and one took the photo. We have about 25 people working to bring it all together. And don't think the planning is complete. There are a few more BIG surprises yet to be announced.


And for all of you wondering, the wrestlers will be back at Goldston's Beach.

See you there!!

What do the Scavenger Hunt and vintage water skis have in common??

Today's Spotlight is on the Scavenger Hunt!!

Get ready for waves of fun as you embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the White Lake Water Festival. Dive into the heart of our community as you search for hidden vintage water skis scattered about on White Lake Drive for clues. Everyone who completes the hunt will be entered for a chance to win a prize pack full of White Lake goodies. Do you have what it takes to find them all?

The hunt begins Friday evening. You can find the Scavenger Hunt clue list online or in area businesses beginning at 6PM on Friday, May 17 at beautiful White Lake!

Don't forget to FOLLOW the White Lake Water Festival FB page!

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Last year’s Student Logo Competition winner, Kiara Polovitch, was at White Lake last weekend to autograph the Step and Repeat banner that will be used at the 46th Annual White Lake Water Festival. Then a sophomore at West Bladen, Miss Polovitch designed this winning logo last year. “That logo is on everything I touch these days - applications for vendors, applications for parade participants, the website where updates are posted, on T-shirt orders, and soon to appear on the billboard on White Lake Drive," said Water Festival Chairman, Terri Hawley. “When she turned the corner today and saw her design repeated 16 times across the banner, her expression was priceless,” Ms. Hawley added.  

This photo will be going out to Art Teachers across the county encouraging students to enter the White Lake Water Festival Student Logo Competition for this year. Next spring another young artist will be able to see their work posted everywhere. 


The Step and Repeat banner will be located at Goldston’s Beach throughout Water Festival Weekend ~ May 17, 18, & 19, for your photo opportunities. During Water Festival weekend, at the Wake Shop at Goldston’s, you will be able to vote for next year’s winner. 

This competition has a cash prize of $100 sponsored by McDuffie Pest Control and Cape Fear Fire Protection. Miss Polovitch will be riding a float with the ten finalists from this year’s contest in the Water Festival Parade also sponsored by McDuffie Pest Control and Cape Fear Fire Protection.


Waves of Fun Under the Sun

🎉 Join the Splash-tastic Water Festival Parade! 🌊🎺

Dear Water Festival Community,

Get ready to make waves and spread the joy at our upcoming Water Festival Parade! We're on the lookout for fantastic bands, musicians, and exciting parade units to make this event an unforgettable celebration of water, music, and fun. And we are asking for YOUR HELP!

The parade begins at 10AM on May 18th and runs from Camp Clearwater to the Scotchman - all the way down White Lake Drive. 

How can I participate? You or someone you know has just what we are looking for! Showcase your talent to a vibrant community. Be part of a memorable celebration. Join the fun and make a splash!

What We're Looking For:

🎺 Bands & Musicians: Bring the streets to life with your lively tunes and rhythmic beats!

🚤 Water-themed Floats: Dive into creativity and design a float that embodies the spirit of water.

🌟 Exciting Parade Units: From dance troupes to stilt walkers, we want it all! Show off your unique skills and entertain the crowd.

How to Participate: Register: Check the site, under “Applications”. Registration is required. 

Prepare: Plan your performance or float design.

Showcase: Join us on May 18th and be ready to dazzle!

Contact Information and for more information contact us at: Camp Clearwater Office, 2038 White Lake Dr., Elizabethtown, NC 28337/(910)862-3365 or email: or  Jeane’ Pope (910)583-3230 

Let's make a splash together! 🌊🎉

Let's give these two beauties a
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Miss North Carolina 2024
Miss North Carolina Volunteer 2024

The reigning

Miss North Carolina 2024,

Taylor Lloyd, will be joining us for the festival this year. You can see her in the parade. Taylor, along with Hailey will be emceeing the Fashion Show on the big stage at Goldston's on Saturday. 

The reigning

Miss North Carolina Volunteer 2024

Hailey Hudson will be joining us throughout the weekend. You can see her in the parade on Saturday morning, and emceeing the Fashion Show at Goldston's. 

Waves of Fun - Under the Sun

Great concerts!
Lots of Beauties!
Queens reign over the parade!
Live music by the lake!
Fun and Entertaining Parade!
Parade Fun!
Clowning around!
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