Dauset Trails annual celebration of the great outdoors is back Saturday with live music, food and all-ages activities.
The Bluebirds and Bluegrass Festival is in its 13th year and includes everything from a large kids Easter egg hunt and artisan craft demonstrations to hunting safety activities and a dulcimer workshop.
It started as just a way to help people become more aware of outdoor recreation possibilities, said Gordon Respess, Dausets naturalist. It was a chance to share and network with other nature centers, organizations and clubs and to support environmental education and recreation. Its just grown from that.
Dauset is a 1,400-acre nonprofit outdoor education center outside Jackson that includes exhibits of reptiles, birds of prey, mammals and a farm area.
The festival starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and will feature music throughout the day from the Packway Handle Band, Cabin Point and Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles of Bluegrass.
They are bluegrass bands and local, too, Respess said. The first band will start at 10 a.m. and they usually have two sets each and they play at the top of each hour.
The Easter egg hunt will start at 11 a.m. with kids divided into two groups: younger than 5 and ages 6-10.
It starts promptly at 11, Respess said. It only lasts about 5 or 10 minutes and its over. They need to get there early. ... There will be one golden egg hidden in each age group and whoever finds it can win a big Easter surprise.
Throughout the day, there will be demonstrations of blacksmithing, beekeeping, yarn spinning and wood turning, which involves creating things with a spinning piece of wood. The festival also includes a dulcimer workshop in the Visitors Center from 1-3 p.m.
Other nature centers and outdoor organizations also will be on hand with information about activities such as geocaching and orienteering.
There are a lot of outdoor recreational type clubs that will be here to showcase their interests, Respess said.
There will be vendors selling food and plants and the Georgia Hunter Education Association will be there with a BB-gun range.
They set up a small little range and kids can learn about gun safety, he said.
A new addition to this years festival is a Civil War re-enactment group.
They will have a little encampment and do some marching and drilling, Respess said.
While the festival is free, there will be some kids activities that require fees. This includes a rock climbing wall, spider bungee jump and a moonwalk.
Bluebirds and Bluegrass Festival
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Dauset Trails Nature Center, 360 Mount Vernon Church Road, Jackson
Information: www.dausetrails.com or (770) 775-6798