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For Release: Monday, September 8, 2003
Contact: Matt Burns (518) 402-8000

Five Rivers Annual Fall Festival Announced

New Yorkers Encouraged to Attend Day–long Festival in Delmar

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced that the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center will hold its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 13, from 12 to 4 p.m. Five Rivers Center is located at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar.

The Festival will be held on Five Rivers' 300+ acres of rambling trails, forest, meadow, and wetland. Visitors may walk Five Rivers' nature trails, from the 1/8 mile Woodlot Trail to the two–mile Wild Turkey hiking trail winding through the colorful autumn woods.

"Five Rivers' annual Fall Festival offers something for everyone," Commissioner Crotty said. "I encourage all New Yorkers to take advantage of all that Five Rivers and this exciting event have to offer, from the many hands–on activities to a relaxing and educational nature walk."

The Festival will include exhibits featuring reptiles and amphibians found in the area, exotic insects from around the world, and additional hands–on activities for all ages. In addition, guests are encouraged to visit the "touch aquarium" and join in the annual children's Insect Safari.

Geology, astronomy and 18th Century medicine will also be highlighted. Discover the geology of the area through a rock and mineral collection; take a look through a sun telescope brought by the Albany Area Astronomers; visit with Stuart Lehman as he poses as an 18th Century physician. He will discuss the uses of herbs and plants as part of early medicines.

Early holiday shoppers can enjoy the Silent Auction, where they can bid on merchandise donated by local businesses. Five Rivers Center's not–for–profit citizen's organization, Friends of Five Rivers, will take orders for its annual Bird Seed Sale.

Entertainment will be provided by local musicians Acoustic Hartland and the Nisky Dixie Cats. The event will also include refreshments, a books and baskets sale, and a plant sale.

The Fall Festival is co–sponsored by Five Rivers Environmental Education Center and Friends of Five Rivers. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call Five Rivers Center at 475–0291, or visit us on the web at www.dec.state.ny.us

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