Highland News Leader

Spring Bloom Festival is Saturday at Silver Lake Park in Highland

The Highland Spring Bloom Festival will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Highland Regional Arboretum at Silver Lake Park. The festival is free and open to the public.

A special demonstration from the the World Bird Sanctuary Rapture Awareness program will take place at 1:30 p.m. Several different birds of prey — including hawks, owls and more — will be flying overhead as handlers explain the birds’ activities and importance to the environment. If you want to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures, this is the time and place.

The Spring Bloom Festival, which has expanded from the annual Arbor Day celebration, is sponsored and coordinated by the city of Highland Tree Commission.

The event still kicks off with an Arbor Day celebration, which includes student poetry contest presentations and awards, as well as a memorial tree planting. There will be several trees available, if you would like to recognize an individual or event with a memorial tree. To order a memorial tree, call the Korte Recreation Center at 651-1386.

A full day of entertainment and information is scheduled at the festival, including performances by Highland Community Chorus and Highland High School Madrigal Singers.

There will be activities for children throughout the day conducted by Highland Civic Woman’s Club and Highland Arts Council, as well as information on gardening from Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners, the Highland Tree Commission, Highland Garden Club and Highland Community Garden.

In addition to on-going walking tours of the arboretum, there will be demonstrations on bee keeping and square-foot vegetable gardening. And don’t miss the Highland High school FFA plant sale for some great prices.

Food and drink will be available, including hot dogs, sloppy joes, baked goods and kettle corn.