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Friday March 16, 2012

The Virginia Museum of Natural History, through the Martinsville-Henry County Community Nature Initiative and in partnership with Henry County Parks and Recreation, is hosting the free Piedmont Kite Festival on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jack Dalton Park in Henry County. The free event provides a safe and enjoyable way for children, youth and parents to enjoy the outdoors together while promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.

The Kite Festival allows attendees to learn about the wonders of wind through kite flying, crafts, and live demonstrations. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own kites, but doing so is not required. A kite creation station will be available on a first come, first served basis, allowing attendees to make their own kite and enter into competitions for prize awards.

"The Piedmont Kite Festival has proven to be a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone who has come out in years past, and we're really hoping to continue on that success," said Tamara Poles, nature and outdoor education manager at VMNH. "Although kite flying takes center stage, we have live music plus many activities, crafts and flight demonstrations available that we really believe will make it a day well spent for everyone who attends."

In addition to kite flying, kite creation, games and competitions, the festival includes a special radio controlled airplane presentation provided by the Patrick Henry Patriots', live music by Kim and Jimbo Cary, face painting, rocket making provided by Martinsville City Schools' SEMAA program, a variety of activities provided by the YMCA, as well as a Raffle for all attendees to enter. Food will be available for purchase from Chick-fil-a.

"The festival is going to encompass much more than simply flying kites," Poles said. "It's an all-around wonderful opportunity to allow people to enjoy the outdoors. Hopefully the weather will be in our favor."

In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday March 18 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Free admission is made possible by the support of The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont. Sponsors of the festival are the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Henry County Parks and Recreation, Bath Fitters, and RTI International Metals, Inc.
For more information about museum festivals, public programs and events, visit www.vmnh.net.

About the Virginia Museum of Natural History
The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville seeks to increase understanding of and appreciation for the natural history of the Commonwealth through education, research, collections, publications and exhibits. The museum - an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution - is accredited by the American Association of Museums, a distinction earned by fewer than 10 percent of museums in the United States. The museum is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Virginia Association of Museums, Heritage Preservation, and is an agency of the Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Sundays, as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Admission is $9 for adults; $7 for senior citizens and college students; $5 for children and youth 3-18; members and children under 3 receive free admission. For more information about membership or volunteer opportunities, please call 276-634-4141 or visit www.vmnh.net

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