Young explorers enjoy activities at Find Your Park Festival

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Find Your Park Festival visitors painted their own sun catchers at one of the booths.

There were several activities readily available to visitors at the Find Your Park Festival Saturday, April 27 at Oakland Plantation.

There were about 410 people at the park with representatives from Cane River National Heritage Area, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Cane River Waterway Commission, Natchitoches Parish Library, and Bike Natchitoches on hand to encourage young heritage explorers to get out and Find Their Park. Other vendors included Jubilee Zoo, who provided a petting zoo, and Annabel Jones as the face painter.

“Last year, the Bike Natchitoches ride and the Find Your Park Festival were on two different dates, but both were held at the park,” said CRNHA Executive Director Rebecca Blankenbaker. “Planners with Bike Natchitoches, the park and the heritage area all thought that the event could grow if we combined the two.”

There were visitors in the ride who also hung around for the activities. There were also spouses/kids who participated in the activities while the other spouse/parent did the ride. In addition, they incorporated the get fit initiative with a 2K kids walk around the perimeter of the park, according to Blankenbaker.