2012 Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival
Saturday October 6th, Sands Park, Carrabelle, FL
As fall begins to settle in the Big Bend, the Florida black bear begins foraging for winter. It’s a perfect time to celebrate this fascinating mammal.
The 4th Annual Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival planning is in full swing and we want you to save the date! Be sure to mark your calendar for Oct. 6, 2012 and come out to Sands Park in Carrabelle to help us celebrate.
This year’s festival promises to be full of fun and learning. This family-oriented educational event is free and open to the public. It is dedicated to helping people understand and live in harmony with the Florida black bear. Enjoy educational presentations, tours into bear habitat, kid’s activities, food, music by King Cotton, arts and crafts and much, much more!
For more information call the festival coordinator, Allen Loyd at 727-823-3888.
Florida's Mother of Wildlife is gone, Betsy Knight of the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary died on February 17, 2012.
Thanks to all who made the 2011 Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival a success!
The Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival is a one-day, free educational event that is fun for all ages.
Festival highlights include:
- Live music and dance performances
- The Procession of the Species Parade at 1:00. Join in the celebration! Be creative! Plan to participate in your costume or mask with the Carrabelle Boys and Girls Club and Carrabelle CARES. (no pets and no motorized vehicles)
- Authors’ Corner
- Presentations by bear experts
- Demonstrations on how to retrofit trash cans and other ways residents can co-exist with bears
- A family activity pavilion
- A variety of vendors and exhibits will be on display.
Guided field trips to Tate’s Hell Forest are by bus and include a moderate hike to a site where biologists will provide participants with interactive lessons about bear biology, behavior and management.
Testimonials from the 2009 Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival:
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Pictures from the 2008 Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival
Note: The "bear cape" is a replica of a Native American ceremonial garment.
2009 Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival