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Fulton Fall Festival: Butterflies, bounce houses and the bicentennial

The Fulton Fall Festival runs Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Canyon (above), 515 N. Fourth St., and Andresen Nature Center, 409 N. Fourth St. Heritage Canyon is nestled in an old limestone quarry that operated from the mid-1800s to 1954.
The Fulton Fall Festival runs Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Canyon (above), 515 N. Fourth St., and Andresen Nature Center, 409 N. Fourth St. Heritage Canyon is nestled in an old limestone quarry that operated from the mid-1800s to 1954.

FULTON – The Fulton Fall Festival runs Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Canyon, 515 N. Fourth St., and Andresen Nature Center, 409 N. Fourth St.

Most activities are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and have an Illinois bicentennial theme.

At the canyon, the Early American Crafters will have a variety of presenters.

Dan Lybarger, a member of the Cherokee and Ojibwe tribes, will share his knowledge of Native American history and culture, and play his flute.

Little John, the “Mountain Man,” will speak with visitors, and a “schoolmarm” will conduct class at the schoolhouse. Doctor Love will be at the doctor’s building, while a blacksmith will share metal-working techniques at the blacksmith shop.

Pumpkin painting, two bounce houses and concessions will be available.

At the nature center, Dave Harrison will speak at 11 a.m. each day on extinct and eradicated species of northern Illinois.

Kyle Kopf will speak at 1:30 p.m. on the monarch butterfly season and the center’s monarch butterfly nursery, which so far this year has raised and released nearly 400 monarchs.

The local 4-H club will have a booth, and Fulton High School Video Club will have a table set up.

Milkweed and other seeds will be given away, and old-fashioned kids’ games will be played. A storybook trail will be open.

Admission is free; a suggested donation of $2 for adults and $1 for children younger than 14 would be welcome to help keep the canyon and the center going.

Find Fulton Illinois Tourism on Facebook, go to cityoffulton.us or call Deb Ervin at 815-589-3925 for more information.

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