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Poppy Fest Takes Over El Paso Museum of Archaeology Saturday

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology, along with the Franklin Mountains State Park and the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, invite the public to the 10th annual Poppy Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

The free event celebrates El Paso’s annual bloom of Mexican poppies. Enjoy live music, art vendors, educational exhibits, children’s activities, nature tours, food vendors, and more.

In addition, the El Paso Museum of Archaeology and the Society for Creative Anachronism will host live archery demonstrations.

Poppies (1)The Museum of Archaeology will be open throughout the day featuring 14,000 years of prehistory in the El Paso area, the greater Southwest, and northern Mexico.

Visitors can learn more about the effort to have Castner Range named a national monument by watching the video “Saving Castner,” which will be playing in the museum auditorium.

Houdini the hawk from the El Paso Zoo and a live wolf from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary near Albuquerque, New Mexico, will also be at the festival. Visitors can also send personalized pictures of their visit to the festival to friends and family around the world through Mini DIGIE.

Parking for the Poppy Fest will be at the Transmountain El Paso Community College (EPCC) Campus at no charge and shuttle buses will be running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No parking will be allowed at the museum.

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

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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