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Week of events set for Mistletoe Park

Posted: July 1, 2012 - 12:07am

Mistletoe State Park officials expect 5,000 to 6,000 guests to come through their gates this week for family-friendly Fourth of July events.

Nearly all of the park’s 92 campsites have been rented for the week, while an estimated 800 people will fill the park’s picnic shelter, beach house and group shelter, said Program Assistant Brenda Bettross.

Among events the park has planned for the week are a campsite decorating contest. Campers with the most patriotic campsite will win a pass for two free nights of camping at the park. That contest starts today and runs through Wednesday.

On Monday, the park will hold a duck tape wallet camp at the campground shelter. This program, which begins at 10 a.m., is open to everyone and costs $3 for those who don’t bring their own supplies. At 7 p.m. that evening, there will be a storytelling and music time at the campground assembly shelter.

The park will hold old-fashioned games at the campground shelter on Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m., with bingo games beginning at 8 p.m.

“Great prizes will be given away,” said Bettross, who added that prize donations are still being
accepted.

A hayride through the campground on Wednesday will begin at 8 p.m. Participants will help judge the patriotic campsite contest and roast marshmallows afterward.

On Thursday, the park will hold a scavenger hunt. Interested individuals will need to meet at the park’s Nature Center at 10 a.m.

A recipe swap will be held later that afternoon. Participants are asked to bring their favorite recipe to the campground shelter at 4 p.m. to share.

To round out the week, there will be an animal fur program at the campground shelter on Friday. This program begins at 11 a.m. and will help youngsters earn their Junior Ranger badges. There will be a Wildlife Action Showcase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

“Take a closer look at the wildlife that make their home in Georgia,” said Bettross. “This traveling exhibit showcases Georgia’s wildlife from reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds and fish.”

The exhibit is presented by Wildlife Action, an organization whose focus is on preservation, conservation, education, sportsmanship and fellowship.

There will be a Kelley Bluegrass concert Friday from 8-9 p.m.

The next week, the park will hold a Junior Ranger program from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11.

“This Junior Ranger program will focus on water,” Bettross said. “Children will learn about animals that live in the lake, play water games and do some lake activities. They will even get watermelon as a snack.”

The Junior Ranger program costs $20, and pre-registration is required.

Mistletoe State Park is located on Mistletoe Road, off Cobbham Road in Winfield. For more information about any of the events at the park, call (706) 541-0321.

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