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Fun for the whole family at the Zane Grey Festival

Young visitors learn carpentry skills at last year’s Zane Grey Festival
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July 9, 2014

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 10th annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum, 135 Scenic Dr., on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is geared toward fun for the entire family with many activities and events for children and adults.

Craft activities will be available for children of all ages. Kids can also take part in a scavenger hunt to receive a free book by visiting exhibitors and learning about the area’s natural and cultural history.

The Steamtown Ramblers will perform songs of the railroad with several cowboy ditties, and opera singer Carol Diefenbach of the Delaware Valley Opera will perform several songs written by Academy Award winning local composer E.Y. “Yip” Harburg.

Doc Miller, also known as the “Cowboy Dentist,” will show what it was like to work on a western range and tell stories about cowboys and do magic tricks. Melissa Grey Jones will talk about her great-

grandfather’s novel “Betty Zane” and about how her ancestor’s story influenced this work.

Join retired professor Robert Dalley from Western Carolina University’s Engineering and Technology Department to build a boat.

Winners of the Zane Grey Catch and Release Fishing Derby will be announced during this year’s festival. Area environmental groups and historical societies will display exhibits about their organizations, many of which will have hands-on activities for children. Other activities include trying your hand at roping cattle like famed cowboy Buffalo Jones, learning how to cast a fishing rod, and water safety.

Join volunteer Barb Hare for a guided walk through the Zane Grey’s property and learn about what life was like for the Grey family in the 1900s. The Lackawaxen Fire Company will also be cooking up hamburgers and hotdogs along with all the fixins.

For more information call 570/685-4871.