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Super Croc highlights Earth Day festivities
Kanab’s Eighth Annual Earth Day Festival takes place on Wednesday, April 20, and promises to be an afternoon full of fun and learning for young and old alike.
The Earth Day Festival, sponsored by the Kane County Office of Tourism with support from the Bureau of Land Management’s Kanab Field Office and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, kicks off at 12 p.m. and runs to 6 p.m. at the Kane County Visitor Information Center, 78 South 100 East, in downtown Kanab. The theme for this year’s festival is “Making a Difference Every Day.”
Highlighting the many exhibits planned is a life-size cast skull of Deinosuchus, which means “terrible crocodile,” the first “super croc” found in Utah. Dating back to Earth’s Cretaceous period, this 75 million-year-old animal was more than 35 feet long and perfectly capable of dining on the period’s infamous Tyrannosaurus rex.
This particular specimen was discovered here in Kane County on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The skull is the newest addition to the Monument’s traveling exhibits program, an effort designed to give local area students and residents access to museum-quality exhibits of the Monument’s newest and most fascinating discoveries.
The artwork of area students in grades kindergarten through 12 will also be displayed. The posters were entered in the festival’s poster contest. A panel of local judges selected first, second and third place posters from each of six age categories. From these 18 posters, the public will pick the “Peoples’ Choice” award winner during the Earth Day Festival.
“The festival is free, so there’s no excuse not to drop by for an Indian taco, vote for the People’s Choice Poster Contest winner, and have fun celebrating Earth Day,” said Lisa Church, Earth Day Festival committee chair.