Gnomes Day Out...a fairy festival for NWI

Gnomes Day Out...a fairy festival for NWI
Pictured at the 2019 Gnomes Day Out fairy festival, Fairy Queen, Annette Hansen with fairy friend Lelia Gallup.
Pictured at the 2019 Gnomes Day Out fairy festival, Fairy Queen, Annette Hansen with fairy friend Lelia Gallup.

On June 12th from Noon-7pm, the Izaak Walton Porter County Chapter will be bringing their Gnomes Day Out…art & fairy festival to Hawthorne Park in Porter.

With support from the Indiana Arts Commission through South Shore Arts, this festival offers something for everyone. It is a family-friendly, outdoor experience. $15 donation/child (under 1 year free and childless adults make donation) for 30+ children’s activities.

Start your journey on the Fairy House Trail which leads to the Fairy Village with things to make and do. Choose a new fairy name, find the Lost Fairy Camps, compete in races, try ribbon-dancing, make & take art, games; see the world in a whole new fairy way when shrunken to fairy-size!  Keepsakes, entertainment, door prizes, and surprises around every turn. Fantasy dress is encouraged for everyone; wear your wings!

The photo ops will be enchanting. Izaak Walton PCC started this festival 6 years ago as a way to get families outdoors and playing on the Earth like the wee folk do every day.

This is the event’s first year in Hawthorne Park and has expanded to include an Art Exhibit of local artists in the Fantasy and Nature categories. NEW this year is an Immersion Art Experience of the Little Calumet river bottom where you’ll swim with the fish and get the BIG view of its water bugs. Plus, a larger Marketplace with both practical & magical wares in 2021.

Free parking and admission to exhibit & marketplace. Proceeds of this event benefit IWLA-PCC in its local conservation programs. You know PCC from all its years bringing “Family Nature Nights” to local Porter County elementary schools.

Follow us on facebook.com/gnomesdayout/ and see NWIConservation.org for PayPal ticket presales. gnomesdayout2021@gmail.com  A June 26 rain date is in place in case of severe weather, watch facebook for up to the minute details.

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