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Duluth Monarch Festival
June 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pmFree
Monarchs are so important in our town that they have their own festival, planned this year for Saturday, June 9, at the coppertop church (First United Methodist) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The third annual Duluth Monarch Festival will be a day of fun and learning for people of all ages, honoring the beautiful monarchs that flutter about our local skies and flowers.
The festivities will include:
• Live monarch eggs, caterpillars and adult butterflies
• Milkweed seeds free with admission
• Monarch-rearing houses
• Monarch-related craft projects and face-painting for kids
• Treats such as butterfly-shaped cookies and Love
• Creamery’s ice cream
• Eduardo Sandoval’s food cart, El Oasis del Norte, in the parking lot
• Milkweed plants and pollinator plants for sale from Dan Schutte’s Shoreview Natives in Two Harbors
• Informational booths, including local Master Gardeners (St. Louis County Extension), Northeastern Minnesota Beekeepers Association, Duluth Flower and Garden Society, and Wild Ones with native plants
• Guest speakers and/or a panel discussion on monarchrelated topics
• Monarch merchandise for sale
• Internationally-known Duluth author Linda Glaser will have a table with some of her many books: “Magnificent Monarchs,” “Brilliant Bees,” “Compost!” and more
• A Monarch Mascot, distributing butterfly stickers to kids
• Monarch DVDs shown all day in the church’s little theater
The event is hosted by Duluth Monarch Buddies, a group that works to restore monarch habitat and educate people about the ecology of monarchs and other pollinators, said Tom Uecker, group president. Everyone is welcome to join this group, whose meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the last Monday of the month at the coppertop library.