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Butterflies Aren’t Free, But You Can See Them For $7

by Shelly Tucker on September 10, 2011©

Have you ever stood in a field of migrating butterflies watching thousands of delicate, colorful creatures flit around you? I haven’t either. It’s on my bucket list, but it isn’t in my budget to travel to an exotic locale. Maybe I can do the next best thing. Residents of the Dallas/Fort Worth area are in luck this weekend as the Kiwanis Club of Northeast Tarrant County holds it’s Butterfly Festival in Southlake. After I get my coffee, that’s where I am heading.

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OK, so it’s only “hundreds of butterflies,” and it’s in a 600 square foot tent … but that beats a kick in the pants! The press release says that there will be watermelon on hand so that folks can “feed and interact” with the butterflies. Those people aren’t ready for me, because I won’t need watermelon. I try to “interact” with every critter I meet. At least this time I won’t be the only person talking to insects (I hope).

It doesn’t cost much to go there (certainly it is cheaper than a trip to Mexico). Tickets for adults are $7, children’s tickets $5, but if your young’un is under 3 years old the child can go for free. Of course, being a festival, there are all kinds of things for you and the kids to do there, including an African Safari (whatever that might be), a Fighter Jet Ride, Hot Air Balloon Rides, and a silent auction. If it suits you, you can even buy dead butterflies “exotic mounted and framed butterflies.” All the proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and Kiwanis Children’s Charities.

The festival website states that it is open “Rain or Shine.” Please don’t make me laugh! It is not going to rain. It is open from 9-6 on Saturday and from 9-5 on Sunday (September 10th-11th, 2011). On Sunday at 5:00 p.m., the butterflies will be released.

Stand in the middle of that (using your imagination) and maybe you can believe that you are in a field filled with Monarchs in the mountains of Mexico. Or, simply watch the beauty of these delicate butterflies taking flight on September 11th and remember the fragility and miracle of the cycle of life.

{ 4 comments }

Tui Snider September 10, 2011 at 9:03 am

I’ve been on a total butterfly kick lately: bought a scarf with a butterfly print, a journal with butterfly photos, a book about butterfly smuggling, and have been chasing some lovelies in my backyard. They just won’t sit still and pose for my camera, though, alas. Thanks for this info, I just may head over that way for the release tomorrow. :) ~Tui

Shelly Kneupper Tucker September 21, 2011 at 4:56 am

Gosh, I hope you didn’t go. We went to the “festival” and they only had two kinds of butterflies (the drought evidently affected the supply). The release would have been pretty much a non-event. I take comfort in the fact that it was for a good cause.

Claudia September 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Oh wow, I didn’t know there were festivals dedicated to viewing butterflies. I hardly get any butterflies in my yard. Although I do get a lot of these green thick caterpillars that eat away at one particular plant and disappear all of a sudden. They might have gone off to become butterflies? I don’t know.

Shelly Kneupper Tucker September 21, 2011 at 4:57 am

Could have gone to become moths? Just sayin’.

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