SCICON debuts village at BBQ

The 47th Annual SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower Festival will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The event is designed for families and individuals of all ages to enjoy the SCICON campus.

SCICON staff will be on hand to lead wildflower walks and nature hikes. The SCICON museum of natural history, the planetarium and the observatory will be open all day. Wildlife shows in the SCICON raptor center will also be conducted. Resource agencies such as Sequoia National Forest, California Department of Fish and Game, the California Department of Forestry and the California Department of Conservation will have educational displays and activities.

There will be special activities just for children, including meeting &#8220Smokey the Bear.” Entertainment will be continuous throughout the day with such outstanding acts as the TCOE Performing Troupe and Country Music Hall of Fame fiddler, Del Baker.

Of special interest this year is the opening of the new &#8220Eagle Point Village” - a complex of student cabins and instructional facilities completed this month. The new facilities were constructed to help SCICON accommodate the growing student population in the Central Valley. Eagle Point Village consists of six student cabins, student restrooms, an amphitheater, meeting areas and staff housing. Eagle Point Village will be open for all to visit.

Over 3,000 pounds of beef will simmer underground for 24 hours and served with the famous SCICON Barbecue sauce as part of the lunch. Meal tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (60 and over) and $5 for children (12 and under). Proceeds go to the &#8220Friends of SCICON” service organization for the benefit of the SCICON program. Aside from the lunch, there is no charge for admission or to participate in the day's activities. Along with the meal, participants will receive a commemorative wildflower poster by local Springville artist, Frances Pyles. This year's poster features a beautiful Bush Poppy.

For more information on the SCICON Barbecue, please call 539-2642.

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