43rd annual Hey Day Fall Festival set for the WNC Nature Center

The event includes fun for the whole family, including arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, a hay maze, music, face painting and exciting animal programs with furry and feathered ambassadors.

ASHEVILLE — On Saturday, Oct. 5, the WNC Nature Center will host their 43rd annual Hey Day fall festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event includes fun for the whole family: arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, a hay maze, music, face painting (additional fees apply), and exciting animal programs with furry and feathered ambassadors.

Professor Whizzpop will be at the Nature Center providing fun entertainment for kids and families, and community partners including RiverLink, BearWise, and Mountain Wild! will be present with interactive booths. Food will also be available for purchase from Papa John’s Pizza, Gypsy Queen Cuisine food truck, Sun’s Out Buns Out Hot Dogs, Kona Ice, and the Nature Center Gift Shop.

“Hey Day is a long standing tradition within the Nature Center’s history,” says Eli Strull, Curator of Education and Guest Experience. “It’s a great opportunity for families within the community to come together and celebrate the beginning of the fall season and the natural beauty this region has to offer.”

Regular Nature Center admission rates apply; Friends members receive free admission. Additional event information is available at wildwnc.org/event/hey-day-festival and through the WNC Nature Center’s Facebook page.

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center appreciate the support and generosity of this year’s event sponsors, including Festiva, Biltmore, BrickStreet Equity Management, Carolina Alliance Bank, White Oak Financial Management, Entegra Bank, Hummingbird Insurance, US Cellular Premier Locations, and B. Allen Construction.

The Friends is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the animals, programs, and facilities of the WNC Nature Center. The Nature Center connects people of all ages with the plants and animals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Asheville’s wildlife park is located on 42 acres at 75 Gashes Creek Road and is home to more than 60 species of animals, including red pandas, river otters, black bears, red and gray wolves, and cougars. For more information, please visit www.wildwnc.org.

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