Annual Butterfly Festival begins Friday in Mariposa

-- Butterfly FestivalMay 1, 2013 

Mariposa will be full of festivities and thousands of butterflies this weekend, May 3-5, for the annual Butterfly Festival.

Gearing up for the festival, butterfly eggs and habitats were given to local classrooms and Children's Hospital for educational opportunities in science. Experts in writing, photography, and art also visit the schools to encourage students to express their creativity in the festival's many contests, and volunteers visit Children's Hospital for a butterfly release.

Festival activities

Butterfly releases -- 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday, and 12 to 3 p.m., Sunday.

Taste of Mariposa -- 7 p.m., Friday, at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.

Butterfly Hat Competition Friday night at the Taste of Mariposa.

Butterfly Festival Parade -- 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday.

Entertainment all weekend in the Art Park including the New and Special "Cirque de Sierra" Saturday evening.

Entertainment on 7th Street Saturday Afternoon sponsored by River Rock Inn and Prospectors Brewing.

Children's activities and play areas in the Art Park Saturday and Sunday.

Children's creative art activities, hosted by the Mariposa Playhouse, Saturday at the Amphitheater in the Mariposa County Park.

Three costume contests for children Saturday and two Sunday with prizes.

Hand crafted artisan items for sale.

Art competition and sales by the Mariposa County Art Council at Chocolate Soup on the Back Lawn.

Sidewalk chalk art -- chalk will be provided but the public can also bring their own.

Battle of the High School Bands Sunday at the Mariposa History Museum.

Butterfly Spirit -- a morning of inspirational song Sunday morning.

Free breakfast Sunday morning as part of the Butterfly Spirit.

Details: Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce, (209) 966-6141 or events@mariposachamber.org or mariposabutterflyfestival.net.

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