“Wild Rice, the Food that Grows on Water,” presentation Aug. 24

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John Haack will give a presentation on wild rice Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner. - Photo courtesy of WCHM

SPOONER – On Thursday Aug. 24, the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner will host John Haack, UW-Extension natural resource educator, for an open house discussion and presentation titled, “Wild Rice, the Food that Grows on Water.”

This tall, aquatic grass has provided nutritious food for humans in the Upper Midwest for the past 2,500 years. The Haack presentation will highlight the growing, harvesting and processing of wild rice, as well as the historical significance of this fascinating plant. The wild rice presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and last about an hour, with a pre-event social hour and a post-event question and equipment inspection opportunity. Admission is free and recommended for all ages. The presentation is just one event of the three-day Upper Great Lakes Regional Canoe Assembly being held in Spooner and Shell Lake, Aug. 24-26.

The assembly will culminate with an antique canoe and wooden boat show on the shores of Shell Lake on Saturday, Aug. 26. For more information about the Aug. 24 Haack presentation, or other events of the Upper Great Lakes Regional Canoe Assembly, call 715-635-2479 or visit wisconsincanoeheritagemuseum.org – submitted