Vibrant autumnal foliage, pristine waters and lush landscapes will be on full display for the sixth-annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival on Oct. 19.
The event will be held rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Blackbird Creek Reserve at 801 Blackbird Landing Road near Townsend.
“The festival is free and offers something for the entire family,” said festival coordinator Jennifer Holmes. “We encourage people to come and explore this scenic area – by foot and hayride. Bring a blanket or some chairs and join us for the day.”
The festival will feature musical performances by local bluegrass legend Crabmeat Thompson and the Bog Turtle Band, along with guided hikes, hayrides, face painting, kids crafts, a hay maze, local artisans, Native American and blacksmith demonstrations, colonial games and vendors offering up food and drink.
The day will kick off with the Delaware Invasive Species Council’s Race For Our Rivers 5K Run and Fun Walk through the reserve’s cross-country course, with proceeds to benefit projects that protect water and land ecosystems by preventing the introduction and spread of invasive species.
For more information about the festival, visit de.gov/blackbirdfestival. For more information about the race, visit www.active.com and search for Race For Our Rivers.