Mark your calendar for the 4th annual Butterfly & Dragonfly Festival

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It’s coming! The 4th annual Butterfly and Dragonfly Festival!

This year the event is scheduled for Sunday, July 14 at the Backus Heritage Conservation Area near Port Rowan.

This family-friendly event, organized by Nature’s Calling Environmental Education, offers numerous activities planned throughout the day including guided butterfly identification walks, pond dipping and pond walks, kids crafts, face painting, and much more.

Harry Hewick, of Hamilton, will have a collection of his live butterflies on hand and a live butterfly release is planned for 2:30 p.m. Native plant gardening tips will be featured for those with a green thumb and kids will have a chance to pot their own native flowering plants so they can attract butterflies to their backyards.

The highlight of the day will be the ever-popular Spread Your Wings Parade where kids dress up as butterflies and flutter around to live music by The Ukeheads and the Melody Drive Band.

Also, Tillsonburg’s M&R Orchards will have their gelato ice creams, shakes, slushies and smoothies for sale.

The event takes place July 14 at Backus Heritage Conservation Area from 10-3. Admission into the park is $13/carload and will give access to all the activities throughout the day.

This year’s festival is made possible through the support of Ontario Power Generation and the Long Point Region Conservation Authority.

For more information, contact Bernie Solymar, Nature’s Calling Environmental Education, at or 519-410-7376.

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