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Fifth annual Canyon Festival this weekend


This Saturday will see the fifth annual Little River Canyon festival at the Jacksonville State University’s Field School’s Little River Canyon Center near Fort Payne, Alabama, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Field Schools’ goal is to “celebrate outdoor education and recreation from the deepest valley to the tallest mountain” and this weekend’s festival aims to fulfill that goal in a small way.

There will be arts and crafts, live demonstrations, music, storytelling, kid-friendly activities, and live animals.

Some of the live demonstrations include blacksmithing, pottery making, broom making, and cheese making.

The center will also be open for tours of the new exhibits that have been installed inside.

The Little River Canyon Center has been open since 2009 and features a regular schedule of programs that highlight the outdoors as an educational experience.

JSU Field School programs and events cultivate a comprehension of Alabama’s natural and cultural significance, celebrate diversity, and foster stewardship for the natural world.

The school’s instructors apply immersion-based learning, Natural History interpretation and outdoor adventure to create unique programs that are not only educational but extremely fun.

The Little River Canyon has been described as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” It is one of the most extensive, picturesque canyon systems in the eastern United States, offering some of the deepest gorges this side of the Mississippi River.

Little River Canyon has also been designated as a “Natural Wonder” of ecological and scenic significance by the Alabama Environmental Council and been classified as an “Outstanding National Resource Water,” which is the strongest level of protection possible for state waterways.

The Little River Canyon Center is normally open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Sunday but the scheduling changes during the holiday season.

For information on events and scheduling, please call 256-845-3548.

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