Thursday, September 5, 2013
Hummingbird Festival this weekend, Sept. 6-8
This weekend, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs will host its 14th annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration & Nature Festival.
This award-winning festival, on Friday through Sunday, features hundreds of hummingbirds feeding in lush native gardens, as well as renowned speakers on various nature topics, live animal shows, guided walks/wagon rides and a close-up look at the ruby-throated hummingbird, one of nature’s most fascinating creatures.
Bob Sargent and his team from the Hummer/Bird Study Group dazzle attendees with an exceptional view as they put tiny leg bands on the birds in order to better track their travels.
Madge Lindsay, interim director of Strawberry Plains Audubon, said “Once you have experienced this beautiful event, you are sure to go away with a new reverence for the natural world. The festival includes something for the entire family while demonstrating through this spectacular natural model how one might restore their backyard or farm landscape to habitat for wildlife and birds. It is one of a kind and it’s beautiful.”
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children age 5-12; admission for 12-passenger vans and buses is $10 per person. Parking is free and concessions are available. A schedule of events and festival map is included inside this week’s newspaper on pages 8 and 9.
Fun Day in the Park slated for Saturday
The fourth annual Fun Day in the Park will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Isaac Chapel Community Center, 3766 Highway 309 South.
Hours are from 10:30 a.m.-until. Activities include bouncers and a tricycle race for the children, free school supplies, hay rides, church choirs, and refreshments.
Two blues entertainers, Black Stallion and Elvis Campbell, will perform. Refreshments include hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and water.
Mississippi Highway Patrol officers will hold a safety class and the Victoria Fire Department will teach fire safety.
There will be singing contests and community recognition awards will be handed out.
J Bar B Rodeo will entertain as well.
Supervisor George Zinn III and the North Mississippi Research Training and Development Foundation are sponsoring the event.
For more information on the annual Fun Day, call 662-544-3270.
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