Nutty Activities Announced for 2nd Annual White Squirrel Festival in Brevard, NC Memorial Day Weekend

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White squirrel photo contest, white squirrel walking tours and white squirrel face painting all a part of the 2nd Annual Brevard, NC White Squirrel Festival.

If you've ever wanted to see a white squirrel up close, take a picture of one, or have your face painted like one -- now's the time to plan your visit to the 2nd Annual White Squirrel Festival, slated for Memorial Day weekend, May 28th & 29th. "With two days of music and family friendly activities, we have our hands full" explained Margaret Woodard, Executive Director for Heart of Brevard, a downtown merchant association in charge of the event. "This year we've added more crafters who will be showcasing original mountain art. Plus we've expanded our music venue to run both days", she continued.

The activities include the popular White Squirrel Walking Tours, which bring visitors in close contact with the natural white squirrel population that has made the town famous. The walks are hosted by a Brevard College biology professor who studies the curious creatures. "We like to think of it as searching for that mythical unicorn, but here you actually get to see what you came to find! People get so excited when they see them and get actual photos of them." Woodard said.

Photos will come in handy as there is again, a white squirrel photo contest. This year there will also be a miniature White Squirrel Village, with little squirrels indicating the actual white squirrel population, density and location. The local college conducts a census each year and this year's count confirmed that over 25% of Brevard's squirrels where white squirrels.

"Some people come just to shop for white squirrel collectibles and the stores have done a great job stocking new merchandise", Woodard stated. "We're expecting a crowd of about 10,000 over the two days so we've closed down extra streets for the event."

Part of that crowd will also be there for the two days of music, featuring the likes of Steep Canyon Rangers, Bone Pony, Jupiter Coyote and other popular bands. The two days of music are free to the public, making them a big draw. "We even have The Squirrel Lover's Club of America coming here and area hotels are booking up fast."

"It's the beginning of our season here anyway, and with Pisgah National Forest so close by, the Blue Ridge Parkway and all the camps, the town gets a bit crazy" Woodard explained. So crazy, that the event's them "Go Nuts!" seems to be only natural.

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