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October 2017 : Event Details
Sun, Oct 1
11:00am - 4:00pm
2017 Nature Fest Logo
Blessing of the Animals
Nature Fest
Celebrate every member of your family with our Blessing of the Animals!
Prairiewoods staff

The three-day Sweetgrass Flute & Nature Festival (Sept. 29–Oct. 1) culminates Sunday afternoon with the popular Blessing of the Animals at Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha). Bring every member of the family—even those with fur, wings, scales and fins—to this annual celebration in honor of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology. This family- and pet-friendly celebration honors our connection with animals, Earth and all of creation.

Sweetgrass concerts, workshops and vendors will be available starting at 11 a.m., as well as children's activities at noon. At 3 p.m., join us for a tribute to Earth, our common home, as local organizations share positive stories about ways they are caring for Earth, followed by the Blessing of the Animals.

Visit for complete details, including schedules for concerts and workshops. Registration is not necessary.

Bring your kids and pets and join us for this free, festive party!

Program Code: 17PEA12458
Good place for a control!