The eighth annual festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Blackbird Creek Reserve near Townsend.

Vendors, artisans and educational exhibitors are invited to participate in the eighth annual Blackbird Creek Fall Festival, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Blackbird Creek Reserve near Townsend.

Reservations for taking part are being accepted now by the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) for the rain-or-shine event, which features heritage and recreational activities offered by the Delaware Bay.

“The Blackbird Creek Fall Festival is held amidst the vibrant autumn foliage and pristine waters of Blackbird Creek – a perfect place to spend time outdoors with the family in the fall,” said DNERR Education Coordinator Maggie Pletta. “We’re seeking all educational exhibitors and vendors who work in the Delaware Bay Watershed to share with the public all the reasons why the Delaware Bay is so special.”

Exhibitors, artisans and other vendors are invited to register via the online form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBFallFest2015 or contact DNERR Education Coordinator Maggie Pletta, by email at Margaret.Pletta@state.de.us or phone at 302-739-6377. Vendors will be charged a $20 fee to guarantee their spot; all educational and informational exhibitors will receive a space free of charge.

For more information on the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival, visit http://de.gov/blackbirdfestival.

The Blackbird Creek Reserve and St. Jones Reserve near Dover are two components of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), a cooperative program between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Coastal Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Blackbird Creek and St. Jones Reserves include both brackish and freshwater estuaries, and represent the diverse estuarine ecosystems found throughout the Mid-Atlantic.