By BRAD KELLAR
Bird lovers from across the state and across the region are expected to flock to Rains County next month, the 19th Annual Eagle Fest.
The event is scheduled for Jan. 18, 2014 and will be centered on the campus of Rains High School, 1759 West U.S. Highway 69, about two miles west of Emory.
Admission is $2 per person, with children 6 and under admitted free. In the event of inclement weather, Eagle Fest will be rescheduled for Jan. 25, 2014.
Rains County has traditionally been known as “The Eagle Capital of Texas.”
Eagle Fest was begun in 1996 as an educational effort, but has grown to be one of the biggest nature festivals in Northeast Texas.
The festival, sponsored by the Rains County Chamber of Commerce, is an opportunity to view the birds in their natural habitat.
Eagle Fest is known for offering educational displays, exhibits and lectures.
Native American art, music and culture are also featured during the event, along with food vendors and arts and crafts sales.
The 74th Legislature of the State of Texas passed a resolution declaring Rains County “The Eagle Capital of Texas” in an effort to protect and preserve the American Bald Eagle. The resolution was signed by then-Governor George W. Bush on June 16, 1995.
Those wanting more information about Eagle Fest can view the event’s web site at www.rainscountychamberofcommerce.com/EAGLE-FEST.html or contact the Rains County Chamber of Commerce at 903-473-3913.