Annual Forestry and Wildlife Festival is Saturday
CHAIN SAW ARTIST – Chain saw sculptor Jackie Woods will be on hand Saturday at the Clarke County Forestry &Wildlife Festival to demonstrate his art.
By Penny Randall / staff writer
Oct. 4, 2002
Rain or shine, the 13th Annual Clarke County Forestry &Wildlife Festival will go as planned Saturday at the Archusa Lake Water Park.
The festival was created in 1990 and was rated among the state's top seven events in the "Look Around, Mississippi" program. The festival, which is always the first Saturday in October, has grown every year.
Activities start at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day.
In addition to the focus on forestry and wildlife, this year's festival will celebrate children with the theme "It's a Kid's World."
Activities are planned for every age. The Kiddyland area will feature Nickelodeon-type games, the HayBale Express, the Hamasa clowns, face painting, popcorn and cotton candy.
Herpetologist Terry Vandeventer will be on hand present his show "All About Mississippi Snakes."
The Clarke County Sheriff's Department will conduct a child identification program; the Mississippi Wildlife Commission will present children's hunter and woods safety seminars; and the Queen City Bowhunters will conduct archery demonstrations for children.
The festival also will have events for adults.
A motorcycle show, taxidermy displays, industrial exhibits, lake and park tours and an antique tractor and machinery show will bring enjoyment to many.
The event will feature live entertainment.
From 3,000 to 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the event, sponsored by the Clarke County Chamber of Commerce to promote forests for economic development and showcase the area's natural beauty.
Archusa Water Park is in Quitman. Take Highway 45 South, turn onto Highway 18 and go about 3 miles. The park charges a $1 entry fee.