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Blackbird Creek Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 20
celebrates one of Delaware’s outdoor treasures

TOWNSEND (Oct. 5, 2012). – Autumn’s vibrant foliage, the pristine waters and lush landscape of Blackbird Creek Reserve will be showcased 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival. The festival is being held, rain or shine, at the Blackbird Creek Reserve – 801 Blackbird Landing Road near Townsend – one of the most treasured natural areas in Delaware.

“The festival is free and offers something for the entire family,” said Jennifer Holmes, festival coordinator. “We encourage people to come and explore this scenic area – by foot and hayride – and enjoy the musical talents of Crabmeat Thompson and the Bog Turtle Band, who will entertain us on our festival stage. Bring a blanket or some chairs and join us for the day!”

The festival features guided hikes, hayrides, free face painting, kids crafts and hands-on activities, a hay maze, local artisans, vendors, exhibitors, dog retriever demonstrations, the Time Chef, Native American demonstrations, sachet making, and loads of fun along the beautiful Blackbird Creek. Local food vendors will also be on-site to provide refreshments for purchase.

Prior to the festival and beginning at 9 a.m., the Appoquinimink River Association will hold the Race for Our Rivers 5K Run and Fun Walk at the Reserve’s cross country course to benefit projects that preserve and protect the river and natural resources of southern New Castle County.

For more information on the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival, contact Jennifer Holmes, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, 302-739-3436 or visit

For information on the Appoquinimink River Association Race for Our Rivers 5K, visit

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 The Blackbird Creek Reserve and St. Jones Reserve are two components of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), a cooperative program between the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware Coastal Programs and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The goal of the program is to establish, protect, and manage natural estuarine habitats for research and education. The Blackbird Creek and St. Jones Reserves include both brackish and freshwater estuaries, and represent the diverse estuarine ecosystems found throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Directions to the Blackbird Creek Reserve:

From the NORTH:  Take Rt. 1 S to Exit 136 toward Odessa (Rt 299). From Rt. 299, turn right onto Rt. 13 S in Odessa. Turn left onto Blackbird Landing Rd. Continue to the Reserve on the left.

From the SOUTH: Take Route 13 N to Blackbird Landing Rd. Turn right onto Blackbird Landing Rd.  The Reserve is located on the left.  

Vol. 42, No. 385

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