on Sep 05, 2013 03:23 PM • Views 3851

Learn more about the American kestrel at the Wildlife Commission's Mountain State Fair exhibit. The fair opens tomorrow at 9 a.m. Click on image for larger photo. (photo by Tanya Poole)

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

FLETCHER, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2013) — Make the most out of what promises to be a beautiful weekend by attending the Mountain State Fair, which starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Fletcher, just west of Asheville.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have an exhibit featuring the American kestrel, North America’s smallest and most color falcon, as well as several hands-on activities, such as a “Nerf” archery game, a “pond” where kids can test their fishing skills, and the mobile aquarium — a trailer featuring twin 300-gallon aquaria that showcase some of the popular freshwater fishes found in North Carolina.

New for this year is an exhibit designed to encourage visitors of all ages to get outside and experience the diverse wildlife-watching opportunities the Tar Heel state offers. The “Find the Wildlife” game consists of more than 20 animal mounts and models commonly found in western North Carolina. Exhibit visitors can spot the animals using binoculars and read fun facts about each species.

While at the exhibit, be sure to pick up a button, which this year features a beautiful rendition of an American kestrel in flight. The button — a traditional state fair keepsake — is free, as are other wildlife-related items, such as kids’ fishing coloring books, fish identification guides, fish stickers and tattoos, and back issues of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

The fair will be open Sept. 6-15, and the Commission’s exhibit will open from 3-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Find out more about the Mountain State Fair, including daily schedules, opening and closing hours, pricing and directions, by visiting www.mountainfair.org, or calling 828-687-1414.