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Big Cypress Tree Fall Festival to feature music, birds, reptiles

Big Cypress Tree Fall Festival to feature music, birds, reptiles
The Big Cypress Tree Fall Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15.
This year’s festival will feature Reelfoot Lake’s famous Birds of Prey program, award-winning naturalist Scott Shupe’s World of Reptiles and a band from Sharon, The Gospel Sound.
Other festival attractions include arts and crafts vendors and Project Graduation food.   
The festival will open at 9 a.m. Arts and crafts will be ready to do business at 9 and will be open for business until 3 p.m. 
At 10, the first animal program will begin — The World of Reptiles.
“This program is 40 minutes of exciting, entertaining and educational programming by one of the nation’s leading naturalists,” a spokesman said. “Enjoyed by all ages, this program features live reptiles.”
At 11, The Gospel Sound will begin playing. It is a local group led by Sharon Mayor Monroe Ary. 
At noon, Reelfoot Lake staff will present their popular Birds of Prey program.
“This program is always very entertaining and exciting,” a spokesman said. “The majestic bald eagle is one of the featured birds. Other birds in the program include native hawks and owls.”
Then at 1, The Gospel Sound will return with more live music.
Shupe will repeat his reptile show at 1:45, with The Gospel Sound returning for one last time at 2:30. The festival will close at 3.
Admission is free, and people are urged to bring lawn chairs for the events. The park is located five miles west of Greenfield on Highway 445.
For more information or to register for arts and crafts, email or call (731) 235-2700 or (731) 235-0771. Published in The Messenger 9.29.11

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