Monarch Family Fun Fair returns for eighth year Aug. 14

The Hackmatack Monarch Coalition will host its eighth annual Monarch Family Fun Fair from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Crystal Lake Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, Crystal Lake.

The monarch butterfly population has declined precipitously in recent years. Mexico, Canada and the United States are collaborating on a North American strategy to conserve and recover this iconic species.

Sunday's free event will include butterfly and pollinator plants information, a monarch art show, science table activities, art activities, and a monarch migration route map. Pollinator plants will be available to purchase from Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery.

Everyone who completes the Monarch Quiz will get a free ice cream token, redeemable at the Crystal Lake Culver's restaurant. A Community Band Showcase will fill the afternoon with music at the band shell starting at 1 p.m.

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