The 18th edition of the Mount Magazine International Butterfly Festival will take place Friday and Saturday at Mount Magazine State Park and at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Paris.
There are some new events in Paris and at Mount Magazine. New events in Paris include a petting zoo for youngsters and the Logan County Museum’s Annual Dog Show. New events at Mount Magazine State Park include face painting located in the Bug Bonanza (there is a charge) and a quilt raffle by the Logan County Master Gardeners.
The weather, however, will be all too familiar. There is a slight chance of thundershowers both Friday and Saturday. Highs are expected to be in the upper 80s with lows in the upper 60s.
Tonya Baumgartner, Executive Director of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the festival, said last week everything was ready and those going to the fairgrounds this year will also see more vendors.
"I think it’s going to be a great event," she said. "The changes we’ve made are good ones and there’s a lot of family friendly things going on," she said. "Almost everything at the fairgrounds is going on under a tent, a barn or inside, so even if it does rain, you won’t get wet.
"Also, we’ve got more than 70 vendors this year and I think that’s more than we’ve ever had," Baumgartner said.
Those attending events on top of Mount Magazine will have the opportunity to help Community Outreach Services of Paris, an organization that helps the less fortunate. Those attending are asked to donate five non-perishable food items or $10 at the Mount Magazine Action Group’s welcome station. The food and the cash will be given to COS and those donating will receive a thank you gift.
For a list of attractions, see the Schedule of Events.