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Water tasting event at Coolfont this weekend

February 21, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The 16th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting will be Saturday from 2:30 to 9 p.m. at Coolfont Resort in Berkeley Springs.

Jill Klein Rone, the event producer for Travel Berkeley Springs, said more than 100 waters from 24 states and 13 countries, including Macedonia, will be tasted this year.

The categories of municipal water, purified drinking water, bottled noncarbonated water and bottled sparkling water will be chosen by 12 media judges and the best packaging design is chosen by the public, she said.

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Watermaster Arthur von Wiesenberger, who is a water tasting expert and author from Santa Barbara, Calif., will train the media judges.

"We are looking forward to the event and immersing ourselves in the water," she said.

"Water: Our Legacy," the event's seminar, will be Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Speakers include Rick Eades, a geologist and educator with the Canaan Valley Institute, and Stephen Kay, vice president of the International Bottled Water Association.

More than 200 people attended last year's event, she said. The event is free to the public.

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