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Animals Take Over Museum October 12 on ‘Critter Saturday’

TIFTON— Visitors can take part in the Chicken Chase or pick out the perfect frog for the frog jumping contest at “Critter Saturday” on Oct. 12 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. “Critter Saturday” is a part of Fall Frolics, a month-long celebration of the season with different themed events every Saturday in October.

Children of all ages can spend a day at the Museum with animal friends on “Critter Saturday”.  The Flint Riverquarium will bring out animal friends to join in the fun at the Museum. Guests can also interact with animals from the Chehaw Wild Animal Park or visit the Museum’s Langdale Nature Center where they can touch and hold various animal skeletons, skulls and pelts.

Current live residents of the Langdale Nature Center include a central rat snake, a corn snake, an eastern king snake, turtles, frogs and a variety of fish. Visitors will explore the natural world through the tanks and displays in the Center. The ABAC Equestrian Club will be on hand with roping, barrel racing and jumping demonstrations.  Club members will also have stick horse bucket racing for the little ones.

From rabbits and chickens to sock horse races, critters will abound at the Museum on Oct. 12. The Langdale Nature Center’s Kelly Scott will conduct interactive activities at the Grist Mill Pond for children about pond critters.  One highlight of the day will be a free goldfish for small children. The Nature Trail will be open for visitors, and they will not want to miss the mule plowing demonstrations at the Gibbs Farm.  Guests will also have the opportunity to test their skills and stamina in the Chicken Chase.

Later in the month, Fall Frolics continues with the Harvest Celebration on Oct. 19 featuring corn shelling, garden tours, traditional children’s games, and face painting.  Trick or Treat in the Village takes place on Oct. 26 with a Monster Spider Web and a Costume Contest. 

The Wiregrass Farmers Market also opens each Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon near the Country Store at the main entrance to the Museum. The Market offers a variety of fresh and local fall produce.

Other activities during each Saturday in October include the pumpkin patch, corn maze and face painting.  The pumpkin patch and corn maze will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The pumpkin patch is located at the Country Store near the entrance to the Museum.  The corn maze is in a new location this year behind the Wesley Chapel in the Historic Village.  Both areas are included in the Museum and Historic Village admission price. Train rides are also available every Saturday.

Admission to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on Tuesday-Friday is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (age 55 and over), $4 for children 5-16 years of age, and free for children four and under. Saturday admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 55 and over), $5 for children 5-16 years of age, and free for children four and under. 

For more information on these and other upcoming events, interested persons can contact the Museum at (229) 391-5205 or visit the Museum’s website at www.abac.edu/museum.
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