White Squirrel to Point Town in New Directions

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Custom crafted white squirrel weather vane to be installed atop Brevard, North Carolina's courthouse gazebo in honor of its upcoming 2nd Annual White Squirrel Festival.

No longer will residents of Brevard, North Carolina have to provide guided tours to show out-of-town guests the famous Brevard White Squirrel. They will now be able to simply point to the metallic white squirrel weather vane scheduled to set atop its new perch on the downtown courthouse gazebo.

The brass, hand sculpted weather vane is a gift of Gallery on Main's owners Bill and Libby Lindsey. "We just love Brevard and being in the heart of downtown Brevard - and I'm a squirrel nut" Libby Lindsey confided. "I go through 50 lbs. of feed every couple of month, just feeding the white squirrels."

Jimmy Harris, Brevard's Mayor, will have the honors of lowering the white, particle paint coated brass squirrel sculpture into place, using a bucket truck. "We are without a doubt, the Official White Squirrel Capital of the America, if not the world." Harris explained. "This white squirrel weather vane visibly displays the symbolic importance that this 'unicorn of the south' has played in the development of tourism, heritage and history of the area." Last year, Harris proclaimed an official White Squirrel Day in honor of the town's most famous residents.

Artie Wilson, County Manager, will oversee the installation of the mystic creature, whose appearance here is rumored to date back to the 1950's when a pair escaped from a circus truck. The White Squirrel Festival itself is set for Memorial Day weekend, May 28th and 29th, and is slated with a free, two day concert and several streets of arts & crafts vendors.

"We expect about 10,000 people this year", states Heart of Brevard Executive Director Margaret Woodard. That's more than the population of the entire town, but it's gotten that big." According to Woodard, the talent for this year's event has also gone up a notch to include national touring acts like Jupiter Coyote and Bone Pony. "With so much music, crafts, white squirrel tours and family activities, we're encouraging folks to book reservations early."

Meanwhile, there will be a new weatherman keeping a watchful eye over the heart of downtown Brevard. According to Woodard, "it's a bit nutty, and that's just fine with us."

For more information about the upcoming White Squirrel Festival, visit http://WhiteSquirrelFestival.com

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