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International Festival of Owls could attract 2,000 visitors


HOUSTON, Minn. (WXOW) – The 12th annual International Festival of Owls kicks off its three-day event on Friday evening. Visitors from all across the country will experience many new features, such as:

• Guest Speakers from Israel and Finland

• Live Owl Presentations for Eight Owl Species

• Special Presentation from Houston Nature Center Director & Naturalist Karla Bloem

Bloem started the event in 2003 as a hatch day party for Houston Nature Center's lone living animal—Alice "the Great Horned Owl".

The festival is the only full weekend, all-owl event in North America. Bloom said this year's festival could draw two thousand visitors.

"The festival is both for families and it's also for people with a more serious interest in owls. Don't let the ‘international' throw you off, because we still have a lot of kids things to do. The kids can get their faces painted like owls. This year, you can even get your fingers painted with owls on them," Bloem said.

The festival traditionally takes place at Houston Elementary School, but due to a water main break behind the school, opening night was moved to Houston Community Center.

For an update on the events and where they will be taking place the remainder of the weekend, check out the WXOW website to find a link to the International Festival of Owls.

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