Jackson to welcome back the purple martin this month

June 11, 2013 by  

Every year, the purple martins return to the United States to breed after spending their winters in South America. One annual event which takes place every June in the Jackson area is Martinfest, which welcomes the birds back in style and gives local birdwatchers something to celebrate.

Victor Stoll Farm has plenty of activities that will attract residents from all around the area to witness the return of the martins. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and there will be a barbecue lunch featuring great food, ice cream, and homemade pies. Vendors will be selling a variety of birding or nature related items, such as binoculars, books, and clothing. With guest speakers, raffles, and door prizes also up for grabs, visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, umbrellas, and fans to help them enjoy the day.

Vendors can rent space at Martinfest for $25 for the two-day event. No doubt many of them will come from areas outside of Jackson to sell their merchandise. Many will also probably be using signs and banners that were ordered from local printing companies to help draw attention to their items and to encourage sales.

Martinfest will take place at Victor Stoll Farm in Finger this Friday and Saturday, June 14 – 15, from 7:00 am until dark each day. Admission is $6 on June 14 or $12 on June 15, which includes lunch. For more information, contact Kent Justus at 501-351-1030.