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SCICON BBQ & Wildflower Festival
SCICON BBQ & Wildflower Festival

The 52nd annual SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower Festival will be held Sunday, April 15. The event is an opportunity for families and individuals of all ages to tour and enjoy the SCICON campus. The festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. The SCICON staff will be on hand to lead wildflower walks and nature hikes. The SCICON planetarium, observatory and museum of natural history will be open all day, and wildlife shows will be presented in the SCICON raptor center.  Resource agencies, including Sequoia National Forest, California Department of Fish & Game, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection and Tulare County Conservation Corps, will provide educational displays and activities. “Smokey the Bear” and special activities just for children will also be available. Entertainment will be continuous throughout the day.

This year, there is an opportunity for students to share their musical talents during the Student Talent Showcase from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Students in grades 1 – 12 can sign up to perform a song or musical piece three to five minutes in length. A sound system will be set up in the SCICON dining lodge with multiple microphones. Students can bring back-up music on a CD or MP3 player.  All songs or performances must be nature-related and appropriate for the SCICON venue. All performances must be reviewed in advance. For students to register, parents must contact SCICON at (559) 539-2642 or email the SCICON director, Rick Mitchell, at rickmit@tcoe.org.  

2,500 pounds of beef will simmer underground for 24 hours and will be served with the famous SCICON barbecue sauce as part of the lunch available. Meal ticket donations are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors (60 and over) and $5.00 for children (12 and under.)  All proceeds from the meal will go to the “Friends of SCICON” to benefit the SCICON program.  There is no charge to participate in the day’s activities. Visitors will receive a commemorative wildflower poster by local Springville artist, Frances Pyles.  This year’s poster features the beautiful “Baby Blue-Eyes” and will be suitable for framing.

SCICON is the outdoor school of science and conservation operated by Tulare County Office of Education. Each year, over 15,000 fifth- and sixth-grade students visit this 1,100-acre campus located in the foothills above Springville.  The SCICON Barbecue and Wildflower Festival is sponsored by Tulare County Office of Education and the Friends of SCICON.  For more information on the SCICON Barbecue, please call (559) 539-2642 or visit the Friends of SCICON web site at www.friendsofscicon.org. For a map to the SCICON campus, visit www.tcoe.org/SciconMap.


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