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Poppy Fest 2017 Returns; 11th Annual Event held at El Paso Museum of Archaeology

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology and the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition invite the public to the annual Poppy Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

Spring in the Franklin Mountains means the desert landscape is blanketed by a field of golden yellow Mexican poppies and the free 11th annual event celebrates El Paso’s annual bloom. Enjoy live music, art vendors, educational exhibits, children’s activities, nature tours, food vendors, and more.

“The Poppy Fest provides the community with opportunities to learn about conservation and our environment while taking advantage of the natural beauty of El Paso’s Franklin Mountains,” said Director of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, Jeff Romney.

The Museum of Archaeology will host live archery demonstrations, and Houdini, the hawk from the El Paso Zoo, and a live wolf from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary near Albuquerque will also be at the festival. The museum features 14,000 years of prehistory in El Paso, the greater Southwest, and northern Mexico.

In addition, the Downtown Art and Farmers Market will move to the museum grounds for the Poppy Festival. The Anthony Street location will be closed so market vendors can participate in the Poppy Fest.

Free parking for the Poppy Fest will be at Cohen Stadium and shuttle buses will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Poppy Fest is presented by the El Paso Museum of Archaeology in partnership with the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, National Border Patrol Museum, and Downtown Artist and Farmers Market.

For more information on the Poppy Fest, call the El Paso Museum of Archaeology at (915) 755-4332.

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Residents prepare for 10th Annual Poppy Fest

The Tenth Annual Poppies Fest at Castner Range on April 2 promises to be one of the most important conservation events in the history El Paso.

This event celebrates the marvelous open space in Northeast El Paso where we frequently enjoy a stunning spring display of our native Mexican gold poppies. This festival is an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful outdoors while learning about what our mountains and desert have to offer.

It takes place on the 15 acre grounds of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. The museum’s Chihuahuan Desert Gardens boast examples of more than 200 native plants.

Just a few months ago on December 16, Congressman O’Rourke introduced legislation to protect Castner Range as a National Monument.  Prior to this year’s event Congressman O’Rourke will host a Town Hall meeting in the theater at the EPCC Transmountain campus from 9 am to 10am.

Later that morning, with the Castner’s in the background, he will speak at the Poppies Fest to help encourage more El Pasoan’s to take action and sign letters to President Obama asking him to designate the mountain range as a National Monument.   Over 2,500 letters been signed so far and anyone can go online and sign a letter that they can print out.

The all-day event from 10am to 4pm will take place at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology at 4301 Transmountain Road. The day will feature a full program of nature talks, wildlife displays, educational exhibits, demonstrations, a live wolf, Houdini the Harris Hawk, children’s activity center, music and food vendors.

Special appearances will include Houdini the Harris Hawk from the El Paso Zoo at 11:00 am and Congressman O’Rourke at 11:30pm during the opening ceremony.

Throughout the day there will be performances by Papaya Riot, Gila Dancers, Nature Tours, Live Wolf from Albuquerque, Fire Dancers, Ballet Foklorico, Danza De Palma from Anthony, New Mexico and so much more.  For more information call 915-490-4697.

Castner Range is a former artillery range known for its cultural, geologic and unique biology. If the rain and weather cooperate, it is most known for its beautiful and vast display of Mexican Poppies in the spring.

Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the beauty of the mountains and the poppies during this free educational family fun event.

FREE Admission

FREE Parking at El Paso Community College NE Campus

FREE Shuttle service provided from 9:45 am to 4:30 pm

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