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Butterfly festival returns to UT Arboretum

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will present its seventh annual Butterfly Festival from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 17, at the UT Arboretum Auditorium and surrounding grounds, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. As in past years, the mission and purpose of the Butterfly Festival is to provide educational opportunities for the public and to learn how we can all protect our pollinators. Parking is in designated areas of the UT Arboretum adjacent to the event and on a first come first serve basis. The entrance fee is $5 in cash (to facilitate entry) per carload.

All other expenses can be made with cash or credit card. The gate will be open at 9:30 a.m. The event will take place rain or shine. Children’s craft activities will be available at a cost of a $1 ticket per activity or $5 for six tickets. Activities include temporary tattoos, butterfly masks, Magic Color Scratch butterfly ornaments, decorating cookies, caterpillar bracelets, and more.