Fun for all! With the exception of lunch and individual purchases at vendor booths, the Princeton Whooping Crane Festival on Saturday, September 14, is truly a free festival! And that’s not the only perk -- it’s for all ages, too!
The festival takes place at Princeton Public School. While the event features speakers, vendors, and field trips, it also caters to children. It is definitely a family event and boasts a number of activities to keep little ones active while older family members enjoy other parts of the festival. Kids can spend all day in the children’s area. It includes building birdhouses, painting garden stakes, getting a masterpiece painted on their faces, arts and crafts, and two live performances by children’s edu-tainer David Stokes.
Stokes is a favorite among returning festivalgoers as he hosts not one but two shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. His 45-minute shows are for all ages as he uses live animals such as snakes, turtles, frogs, and other critters to raise awareness of the other animals that live in the same habitat as cranes. This session is a must for children, parents, and teachers.
The Whooping Crane Festival begins with a Kick-Off Dinner on Friday, September 13, at the Green Lake American Legion Hall. The guest speaker will be Anne Lacy from the International Crane Foundation. Anne will speak about the Whooping Crane reintroduction.