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Contest for wild things caught on camera
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The Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival is looking for your pictures of wildlife as part of the Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest presented by BJ’s Membership Club. To be a part of the contest, simply take some great pictures of deer, hummingbirds, squirrels, flowers, frogs, and other great pictures of wildlife this summer over the summer months of animals or plants in your yard, or gather those wonderful pictures you already have, and submit your best photos. Trail camera photos are also accepted and contestants can send up to three photos.  The deadline for submissions is August 10.

The top three photos submitted will be on display during the Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival on August 25-26 at the Georgia International Horse Park, where guests will vote on their favorite picture. The winner with the most votes will receive a $100 gift card to BJ’s Membership Club; also, one lucky voter will receive two free tickets to the Georgia Aquarium. To submit photographs, visit the festival’s website for instructions and requirements,, or call 770-860-4190. 

The Sixth Annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival provides unique activities for the entire family featuring wildlife exhibits, reptile shows, birds of prey, storytelling, living history, arts, crafts and much more.

The 2012 festival is celebrating the owl and the importance the species has on the environment. Guests can meet the special owl stars of the Birds of Prey show such as Nadia, a screech owl, and Boo, a great horned owl. Jason Clark with the Southeast Reptile Rescue returns with the Reptile Wagon, providing up-close encounters with snakes, turtles and alligators. The living history section provides guests with a glimpse into the past when Creek and Cherokee Indians lived off the land, featuring a new primitive cooking demonstration. The artist market provides unique shopping among handmade gifts and home goods.  Other highlights include children’s art activities, Frisbee dog show, and live entertainment.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person with children ages 4 and under free.  Free parking is available right across from the festival entrance. For event information or directions to the Georgia International Horse Park, located just off Interstate 20, call (770) 602-2606 or 1-800-CONYERS. Visit for more information.