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Bat Fest 2007 and Two More Bat Places
There are a places where bats in their natural habitat take center stage adding to the tourist draw of a place. I've been to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico where bats fly out every evening from April to October (or thereabouts) and to the Bat Pagoda in Soc Trang in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. This is where bats bigger than a dinner plate hang in trees everywhere you look.
I found out this past Wednesday when I was at the Columbus Zoo for the last Wednesday night kid's program of the summer, (It makes me sad to write that) that the Bat Fest is going on next weekend, September 1-2, in Austin, Texas. Mark Tillack, otherwise known as Musical Mark, and one of the performers for the program, has come up with a series of bat songs geared for children. This has put him on a quest to find out more about all things bats. The Bat Fest caught his attention. When he mentioned it to me as we were talking after his show, it caught my attention. Here's what I found out.
The Bat Fest is a large arts and crafts show with bat events. For example, if you come dressed as a bat you can win a prize--a serious prize. The best bat costume can fetch $200. The Batman Stage features different musicians (maybe a possible stop for Ember?) and there are rides, food and educational displays besides quality craft and art items to buy. From the photos, it looks like some are bat related and some are just nifty.