Reelfoot Lake has a great pre-game opportunity

Reelfoot Lake has a great pre-game opportunity

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 9:06 pm
By: By Kevin Bowden

Reelfoot Lake has a great pre-game opportunity | Kevin Bowden, Just A Thought

It’s Super Bowl Weekend, and by Sunday evening I should be loaded up with Doritos™ and root beer in preparation for the big game.
Even though my beloved Denver Broncos won’t be making the trip to that monstrosity of a stadium in the Lone Star State, I do plan to be aboard the Packers bandwagon at gametime.
I’ll actually be happy if either team wins the game. I just hope it’s a close game.
But I’d like to point out this weekend has a lot more going on than the NFL.
It’s the Seventh Annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival.
It will be one of the busiest weekends of the year during the busiest season at Reelfoot Lake.
The Reelfoot Lake State Park Visitors Center will serve as the unofficial headquarters for all that will be going on today through Sunday.
One of the highlights of the weekend will be the Saturday night program at the Visitors Center, featuring John Stokes.
The Saturday night show will begin at 7, but I’d recommend showing up very early as it’s sure to be standing room only.
If you’re even the slightest bit squeamish around birds flying loose, I’d recommend staying home. If, however, you would enjoy learning about the American Bald Eagle and other birds of prey, then this is the program for you.
One of the reasons for the popularity of Stokes’ program is he will allow his eagle and other birds of prey to soar around the room during the program.
It’s been several years since I’ve been to one of Stokes’ programs, but I’ll never forget the experience.
Most of the time the closest you’ll ever get to an American Bald Eagle is spotting one from a distance soaring over Reelfoot Lake. Or, you can always stop by the raptor rehab cages being the Visitors Center.
But to have one of these majestic birds swoop by your head will take your breath away.
There’s plenty else to do this weekend at Reelfoot Lake, thanks to the efforts of festival organizers.
They really didn’t have to go through too much trouble, since Reelfoot Lake provides its own level of entertainment for visitors.
The scenery, the wildlife, the boardwalk, the restaurants and the endless Cypress knees are enough to fill an entire day’s agenda. There’s just something relaxing about simply taking a leisurely stroll along the lake’s shoreline.
If you’re so inclined, there is a sunrise photography walk leaving from the Visitors Center at 6 Saturday.
If you’re not an early riser, stop by Ellington Hall from 4-9 p.m. today, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday or from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday to check out the arts and crafts vendors.
Other activities included with this year’s festival include a silent auction on Saturday and eagle and waterfowl tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be an art and photography contest, as well.
Other than the fall arts and crafts festival at Reelfoot Lake, this weekend is going to be one of the lake’s biggest tourism weekends.
This evening and throughout the day Saturday, there will be artists and vendors set up at the festival offering everything from paintings to colorful artwork.
So if you’re looking for something to do prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl, why not check out Reelfoot Lake?
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 2.4.11

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