Celebrating the outdoors
Bear Creek Festival slated for Sunday at fairgrounds
Aday of activity, environment and agricultural edification will be held this weekend at a familiar venue, with the eventual goal of “moving back to our roots” in Schuylkill County. The annual Bear Creek Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, 2270 Fair Road, Summit Station. Admission and activities are free and open to the public, according to Kim Morgan, leader of Blue Mountain 4-H Livestock Club, which was asked by the host, Schuylkill Conservation District, to come demonstrate. The activities range from artistic to educational and everything in between, with some of the 40 Blue Mountain 4-Hers slated to do a presentation about one of the most dominant materials in the textile industry: wool. “Because we are a livestock club, we thought it would be interesting to try to educate the general public in terms of where wool comes from, how it can be spun very simply, dyed and so on,” Morgan said. Other instructional presentations include presentations by the Blue Ridge Rifles about the proper handling of muzzleloader rifles, from loading to firing; building a bird house with instructors from Home Depot; and “animal talks” with Red Creek Wildlife Center, speaking about rehabilitation of wildlife. “Anything that is wild that is brought to them they try to orient it so that it will go back into the wild,” Morgan said, adding that they take care of animals ranging from critters such as squirrels, to hawks and other birds of prey. The festival, of course, will mix in fun with antique tractor pulls, painting flower pots and a fishing derby made possible by the efforts of Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited. “If you bring along your rod and reel you can cast,” Morgan said, adding, “Maybe you’ll get lucky!” Vendors will also be on hand selling food and refreshments, as will the farm food stand. Music will be provided my folk musicians Van Wagner and Jay Smar. “There is always a message in their music,” Morgan said. In lieu of sunnier weather, the event will still go on. There are a number of pavilions and indoor facilities at the fairgrounds, Morgan said. If it rains, there is cover and many, if not all, of the activities will be held. “I think any organization that the conservation invites to Bear Creek is to provide the general public with a little bit of knowledge, in terms of conservation, or ag education,” Morgan said. “It’s family-oriented, free to the general public, so come out and enjoy a relaxing ag/environmental education day learning about our environment and agriculture.” For more information, contact the Schuylkill Conservation District at 570-6223742, ext. 5, visit them on Facebook or contact Morgan at 570-739-2627 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoey, 6, left, and her father, Michael Davis, Shenandoah, wait for a bite during last year’s Bear Creek Festival. This year’s event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Schuylkill County Fairgrounds, Summit Station.