Zane Grey Festival in Lackawaxen

Free fun for the whole family at the Lackawaxen home of 'Father of the Western Novel’ thu

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  • Learn about life in the west with Dr. Stephen Miller at the Zane Grey Festival. (NPS photo)

  • Booths on the lawn at a past Zane Grey Festival. (File photo by Anya Tikka)

  • Zane Grey fishing the Delaware.

Special events

11 a.m. — Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center presents his live birds of prey show.
12-4 p.m. — Brook Valley Farms offers horse-drawn wagon rides.
12:30 p.m. — Upper Delaware Puppeteers will portray American wildlife.
1 p.m. — Barbra Hare and Rachel Gonzalez lead a walk around Dolly’s Garden Path.
1:15-2:30 p.m. — Local musician Dan Engvaldsen performs folk favorites.
2:45 p.m. — Park Ranger Timothy Oset presents a fascinating account of the Battle of Minisink, one our area’s most noteworthy battles and the bloodiest battle of the American Revolution.

— Want to try your hand at roping cattle like famed cowboy Buffalo Jones? How about digging for artifacts?

These are among the family-friendly activities in store at the 13th annual Zane Grey Festival, which celebrates "The Father of the Western Novel."

The free festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the Zane Grey Museum, the home of author Zane Grey (1872-1939) Scenic Drive, in Lackawaxen.

Special activities for kids will be offered throughout the day, including educational programs and demonstrations, crafts, river safety activities, face painting, creating a butterfly seed bomb and a scavenger hunt with a chance to win a free book donated by Highlights in Honesdale.

Doc Miller, also known as the “Cowboy Dentist,” will captivate audiences with his magic tricks and interactive living history lesson on what it was like to work on the western range as a cowboy.

Steamtown National Historic Site’s “Ring of Fire” will return for another stunning performance.

Most people don’t realize that the tires on trains have to be meticulously maintained. The tires of steam locomotives are fitted by lighting the tire on fire, which allows the tire to be molded over the inner wheel.

Staff from Steamtown National Historic Site will demonstrate the process continually throughout the day, in addition to interpreting the history of railroads in the area.

Area environmental groups and historical societies will display exhibits about their organizations, many of which will have hands-on activities for children. Food will be available for purchase from the Lackawaxen Fire Company.

For more information, call 570-685-4871, ext. 6610.

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