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Wildlife Festival coming Aug. 27-28
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It’s time to get out and get wild at the Fifth Annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival, August 27-28, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Ga.

This unique event provides activities for the entire family featuring wildlife exhibits, reptile shows, birds of prey, storytelling, living history, arts, crafts and much more.

 The 2011 festival features the Bass Tub, a large bass-filled tank, offering fishing demonstrations from professionals. Guests can also reel in a big fish of their own at the fishing simulator game provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Recourses. 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, and the artist market provides exclusive shopping among handmade gifts and home goods.

The Georgia State Frisbee Dog Championships offer high-flying action with competitions on Saturday and Frisbee dog demonstrations on Sunday. Children of all ages will enjoy nature-themed craft activities. Spider Mountain interactive play area, gem mining, pony rides, and the North Georgia Live Steamers train rides provide other activities for all ages throughout the event.

 Festival guests are encouraged to vote for the winner of the “Backyard Wildlife Photo Contest.” Over the past few months the festival received submissions for the photo contest including pictures of deer, flowers, snakes, alligators, bugs and more. Guests who visit the information booth within the festival will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite picture among the three finalists and a chance to win two free tickets to the Georgia Aquarium. The photo submission with the most votes during the festival will also receive two free tickets to the Georgia Aquarium.

Admission to the festival is $5 per person with children ages four and under free and the hours of the festival are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking is available right across from the festival entrance. For detailed event information or directions to the Georgia International Horse Park, located just off Interstate 20, call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606 or 1-800-CONYERS. Visit the Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival webpage at