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Wild Amelia Festival a Smashing Success!

Jun 24, 2013 02:00AM
This year's Wild Amelia Festival was a huge success! Over 2000 people participated in the various events, included a sea turtle release by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center at Main Beach, ecotours, and photography classes throughout the three-day Festival, an EcoExpo at the Atlantic Recreation Center with 30 exhibitors indoors and 15 exhibitors for children outdoors, a spectacular silent auction, and two new events—behind-the-scenes tours and photography shoots at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. This is a quote found at the Zoo, it sums up the motivation of the Wild Bunch, those who started the Festival. “What we have loved, others will love, and we will teach them how.”

An exhibit featuring the winning photographs from the 5th annual Wild Amelia Nature Photography Contest will open with a reception for the winning photographers and the public at the Visitor Center of Fort Clinch State Park on Friday evening, June 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come see the winning images of the wildlife and wild places of Amelia up close, and meet the photographers. This event is free and open to the public; there will be no charge to enter the Park for the event, which will be held rain or shine.

These photographs will be on permanent display at the Fort Clinch Visitor Center. Many will be included in the 5th annual Wild Amelia Nature Photography Calendar, which will be available later this summer.

Additionally, there will be a Candlelight Tour of the Fort on June 28, beginning at 8:45 p.m., so guests at the exhibit opening may wish to register for that event by calling (904) 277-7274. There is a $3 charge per person for the tour. Visiting the historic Fort Clinch, under the canopy of stars and lit by the glow of candles and wood fires, is a magical and unforgettable experience. The tour has limited space, so please make reservations in advance.