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Venture Out Into Nature at the 2017 Herrick’s Cove Festival

May 05, 2017 05:42PM ● Published by Linda Ditch

Ready to venture out into nature after the long winter? This Sunday offers a great way to start at the 2017 Herrick’s Cove Festival. Located on the Connecticut River in Rockingham, Vermont, the festival is a celebration of wildlife for nature lovers of all ages. Last year more than 2,000 people attended, making it one of the most popular events in the area.

The day will bring you face to face with animals from the region including hawks, owls, coyotes, wolves, fish, turtles, and snakes, and will emphasize the importance of preserving their natural habitats. There will also be plenty of nature walks available, such as a turtle walk with Jim Andrews. In addition, you can explore craft booths and workshops and sample a number of vendors. Food will be provided by the Chester Rotary, Aroma Catering, and Jamaican Jewelz.

Many of the exhibits will be hosted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and will feature animal mounts, interactive demonstrations, information about bears and bats, a 4-H shooting event, hands-on fishing activities from the Let’s Go Fishing program, and fun kids’ games. Other presenters at the festival include the Southern Vermont History Museum, the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, Great River Hydro, and the Nature Museum.

The fun begins at 10am and goes to 4pm, with a suggested admission donation of $2 per person or $5 for a family. Please leave pets at home so they don’t disturb the wilder creatures at the festival.  Herrick’s Cove is located off Route 5 less than three miles north of Bellows Falls. For a map and more details about the festival, go to www.nature-museum.org/herricks-cove-festival or visit the event’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/herrickscovewildlifefestival/).

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