BearFest promises full schedule of workshops, food, music and more


Wrangell Sentinel file photo

A child hugs Smokey the Bear at last year's BearFest during the Read with a Ranger event at the Irene Ingle Public Library. This year's reading event is at 11 a.m. Friday at the library.

From Wednesday through Sunday, the schedule for BearFest is loaded with something for all ages, whether games and art workshops or food and educational symposiums.

Since the event is focused on bears, there will be bear safety classes, a look at the new Anan Wildlife Observatory for bear viewing, a history of bears in national parks, and bear conservation among other bear-related topics.

BearFest organizer Sylvia Ettefagh said in an interview earlier this month that the mission of the five-day event is to promote Wrangell, the environment and "a very important part of our environment - the...

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