Let the Games Begin!

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Date: September 16, 2013


National Park ServiceNews Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –September 16, 2013

Merrith Baughman 402-223-3514

Let the Games Begin!


Let the hedge apple games begin! Join park rangers at Homestead National Monument of America onSunday, October 6 from 2-4 p.m.to have fun with hedge apples at the Hedge Apple Festival!  All are invited to participate in a hedge apple craft contest at 2 p.m.in the Heritage Center. See who makes the most exciting and unique creation using the provided hedge apples and craft supplies, and win prizes for creativity.  Next, kids and visitors of all ages can participate in the Homestead Hedge Apple “Olympics,” a series of fun activities outside near the Palmer-Epard Cabin. Games will include a hedge apple throw, hedge apple on a spoon race, hedge apple bucket toss, and hedge apple bowling! The festival is free and all participants will earn a prize.

“The monument’s hedgerow of Osage orange trees is an important part of the historic landscape. This exciting event celebrates the natural history of hedge apples as well as the fun we can have with them,” said Superintendent Mark Engler.  

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2013. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, or 45 miles south of Lincoln, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. SaturdayandSunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit https://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm.


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