The Coarsegold Historic Village will be crawling with spiders (the good kind) at the 16th annual Coarsegold Tarantula Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26. This festival celebrates the return of the tarantula, which emerges during the cooler temperatures to find a mate.
This yearly event is also a chance for experts to educate the public on the significant part tarantulas, which are harmless, play in our ecosystem.
"I've had hundreds of people who say they spared the life of a tarantula because of the festival," remarked Diane Boland, creator of the event. "People are reporting that they now gently move them from places they're not wanted, instead of resorting to a shoe or bug spray."
Schedule of activities
10:30-11:00 a.m. - Best pumpkin pie contest.
11:05-11:25 a.m. - Tarantula poem contest and reading.
11:10-3:00 p.m. - Decorate pumpkins.
11:30-12:00 p.m. - Scream off contest.
12:05-12.35 p.m. - Community Dance & Theater performance.
12:45-1:05 p.m. - Hairy leg contest (men and women aged 16-99).
1:30-1:50 p.m. - Children's tarantula race (ages 3-8).
1:55-2:45 p.m. - Bubble gum blowing contest.
2:15-2:45 p.m. - Pizza eating contest.
2:50-3:20 p.m. - Children's costume contest.
Trick or treat parade
3:25-3:35 p.m. Pumpkin decorating awards.
3:45-4:10 p.m. - Jazzercise.
4:15-4:45 p.m. - Pet costume contest and parade.
4:45-5:00 p.m. - Pumpkin dance.
5:00 p.m. - Live tarantula derby.
This free event will be held at 35300 Highway 41 in Coarsegold. Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m.