Sullys Hill to host Fall Festival this weekend

Louise Oleson Journal Managing Editor
The sign at the entrance to Sullys Hill National Game Preserve.

The Friends of Sullys Hill will be sponsoring a Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

It’s National Wildlife Refuge Week and they have planned several things to make the day special for people of all ages.

There will be activities, demonstrations and programs in and around the Visitor Center and the new outdoor amphitheater.

Chip throwing contest

One of the events planned is the first bison chip throwing contest. Something they hope will become an annual event.

Contestants can pick their own chip - a dried bison “cow pie” - and give it a fling. The one who tosses it the furthest wins the prize.

The contest is being used as a fundraiser in support of the fifth grade immersion program at Sullys Hill and a nominal donation will be asked for each “chip” thrown. Trophies will be awarded in two categories - ages 14 and over and ages 13 and under.

The fifth grade students will be keeping track of the efforts and the winners will be announced at the conclusion of the last amphitheater program of the day.

Activities and displays

There are a number of activities and displays planned for the day, as well.

Those include archery demonstrations, geocaching, hay rides, face painting, kid’s crafts, ham radio, monarch migration, Native American culture and the Friends of Sullys Hill Photo Contest.

Amphitheater programs

Starting with a nature hike at 11 a.m. there will be four presentations in the amphitheater. At 1 p.m. there will be a program on trapping. At 2 p.m. there will be a program featuring Native American drumming and dancing. Then at 3 p.m. the featured performer in the amphitheater will be Sam Ting.

Sam Ting is a Norwegian humorist and storyteller who will delight audiences with his accent and jokes. He also manages to teach natural resource conservation awareness amidst his comic presentation.

The day is presented free of charge and is open to everyone. For more information call 701-766-4272.