Cel­e­brat­ing the out­doors

Bear Creek Fes­ti­val slated for Sun­day at fair­grounds

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-622-6002

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 kamor­gan11@gmail.com.

JAC­QUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.

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