The count-down is on, and anticipation is growing as we continue to make plans to host this year's first annual PA Firefly Festival here at Black Caddis Ranch in Kellettville. Currently, we have 9 exhibitors signed up and 2 music groups scheduled to perform. We received a mini-grant from the NW Pa Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau to help us with advertising. More sponsors have chipped in as well to help us with the expenses for T-shirts, flashlights, kids' events and visitor services. Be sure to check out the ADP website www.alleghenydefense.org to make a donation on-line, or contact any of the partners.
We are beginning to observe all kinds of insects emerging daily as the weather gets warmer in the evenings. I even saw 2 dinural (day time) fireflies today on my back deck. We will keep you posted as soon as we begin to see any flashing in the field and forest.
For overnight accommodations, go to www.visitpago.com or the Forest County website www.forestcounty.com. Primitive campsites are available here at the Black Caddis Ranch, we will take reservations for up to 20 tent or pop-up sites. Visitors coming just for the day should bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.
If you are interested in exhibiting, performing and/or monitoring the fireflies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-463-7606.
Sponsors to date: Allegheny Defense Project, NW Pa Great OutdoorsVisitors Bureau, Ken & Peggy Butler, Radim Schreiberg, Barbara Litten, Esq., Mary Connacher, and several Anonymous donations.