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The Nature of Grandfather Mountain State Park Comes To Foscoe for ‘Family Day’ on Sunday, Sept. 15

Family Day

By Jesse Wood

Sept. 9, 2013. Grandfather Mountain State Park comes to the Foscoe-Grandfather Community Center on Sunday, Sept. 15, for “Family Day,” which features live music, meet-and-greets with park rangers, nature-based games, art and other activities. The event is free and takes place from 12 to 4 p.m.

Supt. Sue McBean noted that the purpose of the rain-or-shine event is to let portions of the community – those who may not be up for a six-mile hike or camping in the backcountry of the 2,500-acre state park – “see who we are.”

The third-annual “Family Day” gives Grandfather Mountain State Park a chance to exhibit information, provide activities and meet with members of the community, including families and children, McBean said.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. The activities scheduled are really adult and child oriented, and I think that whatever someone is interested in, there will be something for them at this event,” McBean added.

One thing McBean is excited about is the unveiling of the new Junior Ranger Patch, which was designed by an Avery High School student through an art contest in 2012. Kids aged 6 to 12 are encouraged to come early and participate in at least five of the activities to earn their Junior Range Patch. At 3:30 p.m., a ceremony honoring the winning designer of the patch contest and the new Junior Rangers will be conducted.

More details on the event from a press release is below:

Music is provided by the Blue Ridge Mountain Belles, a bluegrass gospel band, and the Junaluska Wildcats, a bluegrass band.

Activities will be fun and interesting for kids and adults!  See the latest in backpacking equipment, taste delicious camp food, watch a cooking demonstration, discover a biodiversity cube, explore a stream, watch a humorous skit, meet park rangers, make nature art, learn about fly fishing, honey bees and so much more!

Special guests include: NASA, The Watauga River Keeper, Gardens of the Blue Ridge, Avery County SAR Dogs, NC Wildlife, Friends of High Country State Parks, Genesis Wildlife Rehabilitators, Watauga County Humane Society, Lions Club and more.

Remember kids to come early, so there is enough time to earn your Junior Ranger Patch!

For more information, call 828-963-9522 or email [email protected].