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Tippecanoe County outdoor happenings: week of July 14, 2014

Views of the 2014 Riverfest
Views of the 2014 Riverfest
Beth Memmer

Riverfest review

Despite the rain, the Wabash Riverfest was a great event to attend last Saturday. Although a few of the booths closed due to rain, there was still plenty to do. Henry Poor Lumber’s generous gift of free pony rides and bouncy house helped cash strapped parents. Face painters used young faces as canvas, decorating or transforming little ones, a dolphin here, and a dog there, among other things. Balloon creatures brought smiles to young and old alike. Fortunately, the anticipated storm held off, although rain did dampen things for a while. Unfortunately, the parking garage was not free as advertised. For those who missed the fun, checkout the slideshow.

Butterflies, butterflies, butterflies……….

July 16: Wednesdays in the Wild, 1-3 p.m., Lilly Nature Center at Celery Bog. Butterflies of Tippecanoe County. This program is a great primer in the kinds of butterflies and moths that we have here in the county. Right now is the height of the season for summer visiting butterflies. From Monarchs to Fritteries, these flying flowers are flitting about our gardens and wildflowers along county roads. Jon Neal, Purdue Entomologist will give a short indoor presentation before heading outside on an identification walk. Bring binoculars and your camera.

July 19: Tippecanoe County Butterfly Encounter, Evonik Wildlife Habitat Area, 1-4 p.m. (formerly, Lilly Wildlife Area) This program is sponsored by Evonik and Purdue’s Entomology Dept. 1-1:30 Jon Neal, Purdue Entomologist, will give a brief talk about identifying the butterflies and moths you might see, along with eggs and larvae. 1:30-3 p.m. Folks will break into groups to go out and count butterflies. 3-4 p.m. count results will be tabulated. Data from this count will be entered in the Purdue, and national databases. This is a family friendly event, especially for school aged kids. Bring your camera. In case of bad weather, event will be cancelled.

Can’t do either butterfly program? Check out Columbian Park’s Butterfly House at the Zoo. The zoo is free, as is the butterfly house. The butterfly garden adjacent is often alive with flying flowers.