The Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Fair is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, at Rippleside Elementary School, Aitkin. Activities, crafts, and educational programs are sure to be a hit with the young, and the young at heart.

Live animals from the Lake Superior Zoo - Bringing The Zoo To You exhibit will be featured. There will be interactions with animals and zoo naturalists. Animal artifacts such as furs and nests can be viewed up close. This exhibit is sponsored by the Aitkin Lions Club, and will be available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Three classroom presentations will be offered during the day. At 10 a.m. and again at 12 p.m., the University of Minnesota Raptor Center will share a Raptors of Minnesota program that features live raptors, including a bald eagle. The 11 a.m. program will focus on black bears and keeping the woods bearable. The North American Bear Center will provide a look deep inside the world of black bears. Dragonfly 101 will be shared twice - at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Colorful photographs and tips from experts with the Minnesota Dragonfly Association will help identify these amazing species.

Fairgoers are also invited to visit with the Minnesota DNR Conservation Officers who are bringing their Laser Shot System. Kids ages nine and up can practice their shooting skills with this simulator. Staff from Long Lake Conservation Center will try to use bows and arrows to hit the bullseye for archery enthusiasts. Volunteers will be available to help build a bat house or bluebird house to take home. Everyone is welcome to become an Aquatic Invasive Species detective. Minnow races, face painting, garden and orchard tours, a coloring contest, nature crafts, and informative exhibits are also joining the Rivers and Lakes Fair.

The Aitkin County Rivers and Lakes Fair will be hosting family programs, a lead free tackle exchange, live fish and turtles from local lakes and rivers, exhibits by numerous state and local organizations, and lunch for $1.50. The event is free of charge, and will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, or a complete listing of programs, call the Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District at 218-927-6565, like them on Facebook, or visit www.aitkincountyswcd.org.

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