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Grandfather hosts Kidfest Sept. 7

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Article Published: Aug. 28, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 8, 2013
Grandfather hosts Kidfest Sept. 7

Children attend a program where they get to learn more about the owls that call Grandfather Mountain home. During this year’s Kidfest on Sept. 7, children will be able to learn about the owls, skunk, snakes and opossum that serve as Grandfather’s education animals.

Photo by Helen Moss Hopper



On Saturday, Sept. 7, families and children of all ages are invited to a fun-filled opportunity to enjoy the nature and culture of the North Carolina mountains during the 10th annual Kidfest at Grandfather Mountain.

Kidfest kicks off at 9 a.m., and the day is jam-packed with a schedule of activities, such as guided hikes, storytellers, face painting, crafts and games.

New to the schedule this year is Animal Olympics. This friendly competition will take place at 10:30 a.m. under the “Let it Rain” Picnic Shelter and offers participants a chance to test their senses and natural abilities. After completing these challenges, participants can see where they stack up next to some of the fastest and strongest animals in the world.

Also new to Kidfest this year is Fairy Houses at 9 a.m. at the Woods Walk. Led by Grandfather’s naturalists, guests can immerse themselves in the beauty of nature and read stories about fairy houses before collecting bits of nature to construct fairy houses of their own.

Aside from various nature programs throughout the day, guests can look forward to animal appearances and live performances from some familiar local faces. Mark Freed and Trevor McKenzie will offer traditional old-time music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Butterfly Garden, and guests interested in authentic Appalachian tales can hear locally renowned storyteller Glenn Bolick tell stories in the Nature Museum Auditorium from 1 to 3 p.m.

Kidfest is included in the regular price of admission to Grandfather Mountain. No reservations are required. For a comprehensive schedule of events, visit http://www.grandfather.com.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources. For more information, visit http://www.grandfather.com or call (800) 468-7325.

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