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It’s time for the Butterfly Festival

The 18th edition of the Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival will take place Friday and Saturday at Mount Magazine State Park and at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Paris.

There are some new events in Paris and at Mount Magazine. New events in Paris include a petting zoo for youngsters and the Logan County Museum’s Annual Dog Show. New events at Mount Magazine State Park include face painting located in the Bug Bonanza (there is a charge) and a quilt raffle by the Logan County Master Gardeners.

The weather, however, will be all too familiar. There is a slight chance of thundershowers both Friday and Saturday. Highs are expected to be in the upper 80s with lows in the upper 60s.

Tonya Baumgartner, Executive Director of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the festival, said last week everything was ready and those going to the fairgrounds this year will also see more vendors.

“I think it’s going to be a great event,” she said. “The changes we’ve made are good ones and there’s a lot of family friendly things going on,” she said. “Almost everything at the fairgrounds is going on under a tent, a barn or inside, so even if it does rain, you won’t get wet.

“Also, we’ve got more than 70 vendors this year and I think that’s more than we’ve ever had,” Baumgartner said.

Those attending events on top of Mount Magazine will have the opportunity to help Community Outreach Services of Paris, an organization that helps the less fortunate. Those attending are asked to donate five non-perishable food items or $10 at the Mount Magazine Action Group’s welcome station. The food and the cash will be given to COS and those donating will receive a thank you gift.

Schedule of Events

Friday

Logan County Fairgrounds in Paris

10 a.m. Festival opens.

Noon Justin Baumgartner, vocals, Camryn Freeman, dance.

1 p.m. Whispering Spirits, Indian flute and guitar.

2 p.m. Sweet Strings Dulcimer Band.

3 p.m. Merilee Voth, country artist.

Mount Magazine State Park

7:30 a.m. Nature Hike: Join a park interpreter for an easy walk in search of birds, butterflies, and wildflowers at the Benefield Picnic Area. Easy, 1 hour.

8 a.m. Mount Magazine Action Group welcome station open; Master Gardeners Plant Sale open (closes at 3 p.m.).

9 a.m. Hummingbird Banding: Watch as experts capture, band, and release hummingbirds right before your eyes. These tiny ankle bracelets help us learn amazing details about the lives of our smallest of feathered friends. Two hours.

9:30 a.m. Power of Flowers Garden Tour: Join Master Gardeners for a 30-minute tour of the visitor center garden. Meet at the garden in front of the visitor center. Be sure to visit the plant sale after the tour.

10 a.m. Bug Bonanza opens in pavilion (closes at 3 p.m.)

10:30 a.m. Host with the Most: Discover some of the native plants of the visitor center garden such as milkweed, golden Alexander, and toothache tree that are important butterfly host plants. Meet Lori Spencer, author of Arkansas Butterflies and Moths, at the garden in front of the visitor center. A book signing follows this program in the visitor center lobby. Up to one hour.

1 p.m. Who Wants to be a Bugologist? and Four Seasons: If you need a break, take a seat in the visitor center classroom and enjoy two different Power Point presentations that will continue to loop. Each program is approximately 10 minutes. Come and go as you like. 1:30 p.m. Insectigation: Meet a park interpreter at the Greenfield-Turkey Springs Trailhead near the Pavilion to go on an “insectigation” searching for insects along the forest edge. Lasts 30 to 45 minutes.

2 p.m. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds: Enjoy amazing images and facts about these fascinating little birds, including what plants to add to your yard to attract them. Meet in the visitor center classroom. Lasts 45 minutes.

2 p.m. Butterfly Garden Bing: Join park interpreters in the Pavilion to play a new “bingo” game focusing on what you’d find in the park’s gardens. Discover butterflies, moths, mantids, mint, and more. Lasts 30 minutes.

3:30 p.m. Plants for Pollinators: Meet Lori Spencer, author of Arkansas Butterflies and Moths, at the children’s wildlife garden, located on the south side of the lodge between the restaurant and the back patio, for a garden tour and learn how you can help pollinators. A book signing follows this program in the lodge lobby. Lasts 45 min.

7 p.m. Live Birds of Prey: Everything in nature is connected — even butterflies and birds of prey. How? Discover the answers and enjoy a presentation of live birds of prey with wildlife rehabilitator Lynn Sclumbato. Don’t forget your cameras and your raptor questions. Arrive early for a good seat. Lasts 45 min to one hour.

Saturday

Mount Magazine State Park

7:30 a.m. Morning Hike: Join a park interpreter for an easy walk in search of birds, butterflies, and wildflowers at the Benefield Picnic Area. Easy, one hour.

8 a.m. Mount Magazine Action Groupbwelcome station and Master Gardeners Plant Sale and quilt raffle open (ends at 3 p.m.)

9 a.m. Hummingbird Banding.

9:30 a.m. Power of Flowers Garden Tour.

10 a.m. Bug Bonanza opens in pavilion (ends at 3 p.m.)

10:30 a.m. Insectigation.

10:30 a.m. Plants for Pollinators.

11:30 a.m. Pollinator Bingo: Our future flies on the wings of pollinators! Meet at the tent beside the pavilion for this fun game of discovery. Lasts 30 minutes.

11:30 Book Signing: Meet Lori Spencer and Don Simons and get your books signed in the visitor center lobby. Lasts 30 minutes.

1:30 p.m. Pollinator Bingo.

1:30 p.m. Who Wants to be a Bugologist? and Four Seasons.

2 p.m. Bears and Butterflies; Odd Connections: We hear everything in nature is connected, but bears and butterflies? Discover this interesting web of life with Park Interpreter Don Simons and entomologist Lori Spencer in the lodge banquet hall. A book signing follows this program. Lasts up to 45 minutes.

3 p.m. Welcome Table, Bug Jar Raffle, Plant Sale, Bulletin Board Butterflies and Bug Bonanza all close.

3:30 p.m. Live Concert: An Ozark Journey for Kids. A festival tradition, the bug bonanza ends with a special kids’ concert. Enjoy a show featuring Still on the Hill’s unique instruments and special songs written about people all over the Ozarks. Kids and parents alike will love this show’s high energy, fun music, and opportunity to create special state park memories. Meet in the lodge banquet hall. Lasts one hour.

7 p.m.Live Folk Concert Featuring Still on the Hill: A closing concert is a festival tradition. Join these longtime friends of the park for a new show, Once a River. This is an exciting project concerning Beaver Lake and its watershed in northwest Arkansas. The popular and award-winning folk duo, Still on the Hill is writing and recording an entire CD to create awareness about the lake’s history and collective stories. Meet in the lodge banquet hall. Lasts one to one and a half hours.

Logan County Fairgrounds in Paris

10 a.m. Flag Ceremony by Cub Scouts, National Anthem by Paula Cooper-Schuman.

10:30 a.m. Live butterfly release at observatory tent by pageant winners. Whispering Spirits Indian flute and guitar.

11 a.m. Dog Parade and Show by the food court.

11:30 a.m. Kaitlyn Culver vocals. Noon Art and Photo Contest winners announced.

12:30 p.m. Brodie Lovelace, guitar.

1:30 p.m. Tara and Daniel Hobbs with Mykka Bottoms, vocals.

2 p.m. People Choice winners in art and photo announced.

2:30 p.m. Country and Gospel Connection.

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