Jacksonville State University’s Little River Canyon Center will host its 3rd annual Canyon Fest on Saturday November 5th. Designed to encourage an appreciation for natural resources, science, and local culture the JSU Canyon Center staff has lined up a day filled with live music, food, demonstrations, activities, demonstrations, art sales, vendors, and a square dancing demonstration.

“Start your holiday by supporting our unique and talented local artists who will be demonstrating and selling their arts and crafts at this fun event,” says Anna Lindsey, Little River Canyon Center Sales and Services Coordinator. “There will be something for everyone.”

Other special features will be the Wonders of Watersheds interactive learning stations, the Canyon Center’s HD film experience: Little River Canyon: CENTER of the Universe, outdoor rock climbing demonstrations, National Park Service exhibits, the DeKalb County Humane Society “adopt-a-pet” program and A & M University’s EnviroScape Mobile.

“We anticipate a big turnout at Canyon Fest this year,” says Renee Morrison, Jacksonville State University’s Field School Coordinator.

She adds “This is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about nature, art and the diversity of Northeast Alabama. Where else can one go to explore a canyon, learn about nature, view spectacular autumn color, hear award-winning musicians, eat great tasting food, and watch artists weave, paint, whittle and forge?”

Although the facility is open daily from 10:00 to 4:00, Canyon Fest provides a special opportunity to experience the Little River Canyon Center, its exhibits, trails and people on a beautiful autumn day.

Schedule of Events:

7:00 am Run the Rim (Friends of the Preserve) 5k registration at the Little River Canyon Center Contact Little River Canyon National Preserve for more information

8:00 am 5k Run begins at Little River Falls bridge down Canyon Rim Drive

10:00 am Canyon Fest begins! Activities continue through 4:00 with the following scheduled events:

10:15 am Square Dance Demonstration

11:00 am Guitarist, Curtis Strange

Noon Fiddler, Matt Downer

1:00 pm Dulcimer, Mickey Luck

2:00 pm Folk Gospel, The Eberly’s

4:00 pm Doors close for festival clean-up

4:30 pm Gates close to the Canyon Center

For more information please contact:

Mr. Pete Conroy, Director

Mr. BJ Johnson, Conservation and Facilities Coordinator

Ms. Anna Lindsey, Sales and Services Coordinator

Ms. Renee Morrison, Field School Coordinator

Little River Canyon Center

4322 Little River Trail NE, Hwy 35

Fort Payne, AL

Canyon Center: 256-845-3548

JSU: 256-782-5681

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