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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

“Flying Flowers” at Butterfly Festival

About 25 varieties of native butterflies will swirl, flit and hover as the “flying flowers” are released in the butterfly garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park during one of Missouri Springfield’s most popular events, the Friends of the Garden-sponsored Butterfly Festival July 16 and 17.

The live butterfly release will begin at 11am on July 16 and the third annual Butterfly Festival will be from 10am to 4pm and continue through July 17 from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free; donations for operational expenses are encouraged. Children will name each butterfly as they release them from individual boxes.
This year’s Butterfly Festival, for the first time, will add live music to its line up of activities. Bluegrass and Blossoms fans can find their favorite performers beginning at 1pm until 4.30 or 5pm on July 16.

The public park at 2400 S. Scenic Ave. is home to the new Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and more than 25 botanical gardens created and maintained by volunteers with Friends of the Garden, Master Gardeners and other gardening groups. During the Butterfly Festival, the Botanical Center staff will host free classes and display photo and quilt contest entries.

Children and adults can visit the Caterpillar Petting Zoo, enjoy story times and crafts and bounce their way through a 35-foot long caterpillar. Nearly two dozen vendor booths will sell gardening-related items. 
Each day, children up to 15 years old can dress in butterfly or caterpillar costumes for a chance to win cash and other prizes. On Sunday, adults and children of any age can create butterfly hats and enter their creations at a contest table for a chance to win prizes. Everyone can show off their finery in “pollinator” parades each day.

For more information about top events in Missouri take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Missouri. http://www.topeventsusa.com/state-events-missouri.html

For more information about Springfield, visit 
www.SpringfieldAdventures.com or call the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767.