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Buckarama celebrates 25th year

Inca, a red-tailed hawk, was trapped in Union County

Larry Mullis of Eastman was among several falconers at the 2013 Buckarama at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. He talks about his red-tailed hawk, Inca.
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Larry Mullis of Eastman was among several falconers at the 2013 Buckarama at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry. He talks about his red-tailed hawk, Inca.

Celebrating its 25th year, the Buckarama returns to the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. From Aug. 19-21, it will again be in Perry.

Since 1991, the Georgia Wildlife Federation has hosted its annual event, which features panels, exhibits, vendors and wildlife demonstrations.

“It is not only for men or hard-core hunters. It is fun for the whole family,” said Sam Stowe, sportsmen’s programs manager at GWF.

There will be several attractions throughout the three-day event.

Jerry Day from Days End Retrievers will work the dogs with decoys at each of his shows.

Pete Griffin, of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ wildlife resources division, will present a Birds of Prey program. It will feature an eagle, an owl and hawks.

A children’s area will have a fishing rodeo, BB-gun range, reptile display and face painting. There will be craft projects of building bird houses and turkey call making.

“It is an interactive exhibit. Kids can carry what they build home with them,” Stowe said.

The Southeastern Reptile Rescue will be in attendance with live alligators, snakes and other reptiles to educate the public about the creatures.

The vendor area has grown during this show, with 127 vendors this year offering everything from jewelry to camouflage to cooking sauces, pans and spices.

Colbert, from the National Geographic television show “Live Free or Die,” will be there to sign autographs and meet fans.

“The fairgrounds is like a carnival atmosphere. It is a place to get together, stay as long as you like, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg,” Stowe said.

Buckarama

When: 1-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m Sunday.

Where: Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry

Cost: Adults $10; seniors 65 and above and youth ages 6-12 are $8; children 5 and younger are free.

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