Oracle welcomes back big birds this Saturday
Contributed photo, Oracle is celebrating the return of turkey vultures this weekend.

Hot food, live music and sharp plants are part of Oracle's first "Welcome Back Turkey Vulture Festival," to be held this Saturday, May 9, at the Village Square in Oracle.

It's sponsored by the Oracle Land Trust and the Darimont family. The festival's intent falls within the charter of the Oracle Land Trust, whose mission is "to promote conservation of the resources, beauty, and rural character of land in the Oracle area for the continuing benefit of the community," a release said.

The festival gives residents a chance to support local business and non-profit organizations, and to "bond with their neighbors during this challenging time in our nation's economic history," the release said.

The Green Javelina and the Winding Rose have moved their storefronts to Village Square. The Darimonts hope a refurbished Village Square "will serve as a useful focal point for everyday commerce and communal spirit." They want the Welcome Back Turkey Vulture Festival to become "an annual event to usher in the change of seasons."

Among the local entertainers are Cora Lee & Phillip, and Fred "The Singing Bee Keeper" Terry. Hot food is served by The Oracle Inn. Educational booths including Biosphere 2, Big Green (sustainable concepts made real), Green Oracle (neighbors helping each other learn about waste reduction), and the Center For Sustainable Prosperity.

A large plant sale features exotic cacti and indigenous plants ($5-$20), and there are talks on the care and feeding of these plants in a garden setting.

Booths feature Copper Corridor Tourism, Juice Plus and the Women's Business Network.

There is a car wash run by the Sierra Oaks Charter School, park rangers will be on hand from the Oracle State Park, and baked goods are provided by the local 4-H chapter.

Also in attendance will be local author and longtime Oracle resident Ann Woodin, selling and signing her well-known book, "Home is the Desert." A youth photography contest is being judged by Triangle L ranch owner Sharon Holnback, with prizes for winning entries. Activities and many crafts are also on display.

For information including booth space rental, and how to participate, call Maggie Miller at 520-603-9077.

Welcome Back Turkey Vulture Festival

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9

Village Square, Oracle

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