Five Things You Need to Know
Stories, magic, tutus, bonfires, and food trucks. What’s not to like about the Fairy House Festival at Latta Plantation Nature Center? This fun and fantasy-filled day is all about discovery, imagination, and creativity in the outdoors. Regulars know what a one-of-a-kind experience this is, but even they may find some surprises! Here are five things you’ll want to know before flying off to the Fairy House Festival!
For starters, here are the particulars. The Fairy House Festival at Latta Plantation Nature Center is Saturday, February 11 from 10am to 4pm. It’s absolutely free, there’s no registration required, and all events are held outdoors. Directions, schedule of events, and other bits about parking can be found here.
If you build it, they will come! Anjoli Reynolds, manager of the Nature Center, said the Fairy House Building Contest is a hands-on event for all ages. New to the concept? Think backyard forts made from sticks, logs, leaves, and such, just sized smaller. For the fairies, of course; we understand they like things cozy. Find some great pictures of last year’s builds on the event’s Facebook page!
Tracy Kane literally wrote the book about Fairy Houses. And she drew the pictures, too! The author and illustrator of the well-known Fairy Houses Series of storybooks will be at this year’s Fairy House Festival event to weave a few tales of adventure in the great outdoors and little bit of fairy magic, too!
Fairy wings welcome, of course! Yes, your best magical costume is welcome and encouraged at the Fairy House Festival. Might as well go all in! Reynolds said most folks will dress up for the event – including the Park and Recreation staff! Fairy wings and tutus will be everywhere, as well as gnomes and other woodland creatures.
Fairies aren’t the only ones taking flight. In partnership with the Carolina Raptor Center, a rehabilitated bird of prey will be released back into the wild! Reynolds says you won’t want to miss it, and we couldn’t agree more! She said they’ll make an announcement at the Festival to be certain everyone has the opportunity to send off this “guest of honor” in style!
It’s sure to be a magical day in the outdoors with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and the Fairy House Festival!