The Kaskia-Kaw Rivers Conservancy (KKRC) and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold an Almost Midnight Swim on Friday, June 2nd at the Shelbyville Family Aquatic Center. This swim will start at 9:00 p.m. and go until 11:00 p.m. The cost of admission is $2. The hours have been changed so that if parents want to bring children, they will not be up so late.

The proceeds will help defray the costs the KKRC incurs promoting Lake Shelbyville events.

The KKRC is the cooperating association with the Corps of Engineers to promote Lake Shelbyville and the communities around Lake Shelbyville.

Kathy Niksic said part of the KKRC’s mission is to promote water safety, so the Corps of Engineers will have someone at the Midnight Swim to give a brief discussion on water safety.

“It doesn’t make any difference whether it is at the lake or the pool, water safety is water safety,” said Niksic. “There will be someone from the Corps out there that night to do a water safety trivia game throughout the event and they will also demonstrate new personal floatation devices. Those devices are flat and once they hit the water they will inflate automatically.”

Niksic said the new mural that the KKRC has commissioned will be seen for the first time. The KKRC commissioned Dan Modzelewski who has done many of the new murals around Shelbyville to do a mural promoting water safety.

“This mural will feature three young children holding hands watching each other in front of a floatation device with the KKRC logo on it,” said Modzelewski.

He said this is a large mural measuring 7X4 foot.

“This one took about two months to complete,” continued Modzelewski.

The KKRC is involved in many of the functions and activities of the lake. Those include the Revolutionary War Reenactment, the Aquafest, the Handicapped Deer Hunt, Victorian Festival Christmas House Walk. At Halloween, the KKRC helps with the Trail of Terror. The group is also very active in the Spore N’ More Mushroom Festival.

The KKRC handles the gift shop at the Lake Visitor’s Center, both here and at Carlyle Lake.

Niksic encourages Shelby County residents to come to the swim and have a good time while contributing to a good cause.

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