Go wild at Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Fes­ti­val

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Get out­side and let the fun fly with "Fur, Feath­ers and Friends" at the sev­enth an­nual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Fes­ti­val on Au­gust 24–25, at the Ge­or­gia In­ter­na­tional Horse Park.

This fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val fea­tures wildlife ex­hibits, rep­tile shows, birds of prey, sto­ry­telling, liv­ing his­tory, arts, crafts and more.

Meet Quasi, a vul­ture af­fec­tion­ately named af­ter Quasi­modo, the pro­tag­o­nist in Vic­tor Hugo's The Hunch­back of Notre Dame. Quasi, part of the Birds of Prey Show, was res­cued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice and was un­able to be re­turned to the wild af­ter be­ing raised by hu­mans.

Walk through the rep­tile wagon at the South­east­ern Rep­tile Res­cue dis­play and hear about Ja­son Clark's wild rep­tile res­cue ad­ven­tures. Don't miss the Wildlife Won­ders An­i­mal Show and the high-fly­ing ac­tion of the Ge­or­gia State Fris­bee Dog Show. Take part in the Furry and Feath­ery Friends Scav­enger Hunt to win a prize.

Guests can stop by the liv­ing his­tory sec­tion and visit Saw­grass, who will demon­strate how Na­tive Amer­i­cans lived off the land, uti­lized var­i­ous tools, and be­came skilled at sur­vival meth­ods while pre­serv­ing the nat­u­ral world around them for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Wil­liam Bar­ber from 94.9-FM The Bull's Back- yard Coun­try and South­ern Race Week will give away con­cert tick­ets Satur­day, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. to see Mi­randa Lam­bert and Dierks Bent­ley. The win­ner must be present to claim the prize.

Ad­mis­sion to the festi- val is $5 per per­son, with chil­dren ages 4 and un­der free. For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Cony­ers Wel­come Cen­ter at 770602-2606 or 1-800-CONY­ERS, or go to www. bighay­ne­screek­wildlife­fes­ti­val.com.

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos/jennifer Rhoads/jim Mccal­lum/bev­erly Wasendorf/the Cov­ing­ton News

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