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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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