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StreamFest

It was all she could do to keep the critter still while she took a photo.

Kristin Kudebeh, who was visiting from Denver, Colo., was surprised to catch a tadpole in its last stage before becoming a frog, but that's just part of StreamFest.

Kudebeh was dipping her net into a pond at Ennis Arbor Farm to catch critters and learn more about wetlands at one of many educational stations under tents over the sunny weekend.

A fundraiser for the North Olympic Land Trust, StreamFest also is a place for fun, good music, Northwest cuisine and a lot of learning. From the effects of removing the Elwha River's dams to solar energy presentations made by the Clallam County Public Utility District, the festival is a hot spot to learn more about sustainability and the positive impacts of keeping environmentally critical land safe.

StreamFest is organized to provide everyone with something entertaining.

Many land trust supporters, young and old, created costumes, head bands or masks of their favorite animals and paraded around the festival both Sept. 6 and 7 while playing instruments and singing a song dedicated to local species.

The Procession of the Species included, butterflies, an orca, a banana slug, a beaver, a raven and several more.

Prior to the procession, members of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers and the Black Diamond Fiddle Club entertained the StreamFest audience while volunteers and caterers dished out delicacies organized by Joy Siemion, of Joy's Wine and Bistro.

Last year's StreamFest drew in about $30,000 for the land trust and organizers are hoping for a similar amount for 2009.

Tickets for food, general donations and bids in a silent auction made up the majority of fundraising efforts at the festival.

In addition to the education booths set up by area organizations, organizers also had plant doctor Andrew May on hand to answer foliage questions and a variety of walking tour guides to convey information about Ennis Creek and waterways in the area.

More information about the land trust and its efforts can be found online at www.northolympiclandtrust.org.





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