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Seasonal Special Happenings

Skunk Fest

When: Sat., Sept. 10 2011

Think skunks are critters to be avoided at all costs? Not so, if the 1,000 attendees at last year's Skunk Fest are any indication. Fans of the famously fragrant furball can get their skunk on again today when Skunk Fest 2011 takes over North Ridgeville's South Central Park. Owners can enter their Pepe Le Pews in the Skunk King or Queen contests or the talent show. Non-owners can enjoy speakers, vendors, and educational exhibits — plus the comfort of knowing you thought better than to own a skunk. Breeders will be on hand with apricot, lavender, and brown variations on the theme of black and white, and rescue groups will be offering various adoptees. Contest registration begins at 10 a.m.; entry fee is $10 for the first skunk and $5 for each additional. People get in free, although donations of cash, paper towels, organic pasta, or natural grain cereals are encouraged. The action continues till 5 p.m. in the name of the local rescue group Skunk Haven. For more info, contact Deb Cipriani. And yes, all the pet skunks have been de-scented. — Cicora 7565 Avon Belden Rd., North Ridgeville, 440-327-4349,