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20th annual Bald Eagle
Appreciation Days set
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[NOV. 26, 2003]  KEOKUK, Iowa -- The 20th annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in Keokuk will be Jan. 17-18, 2004. Keokuk is the winter home of the largest concentration of American bald eagles on the Mississippi River. This will be an opportunity for a fun-filled family getaway.

Personnel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Lee County Conservation Board, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Illinois Department of Corrections will be at observation points along the river. Seventeen wildlife, conservation and environmental agencies will exhibit in the River City Mall.

Live eagle and raptor presentations by the World Bird Sanctuary of St. Louis will continue throughout the weekend at the Plaza Cinema in the River City Mall. The presentations are free and are presented hourly 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Native American activities will be present inside the River City Mall throughout both days, providing opportunities to learn Native American history of the Keokuk area.

The Worthen Earth Searchers have organized a rock, mineral and artifact show to be presented both days from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.


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The Keokuk Wood Carvers Club will expand their show this year to include carvers from throughout the Midwest, along with carving competition. The show will be in the Keokuk Art Center at the River City Mall, where the public can see the carving talent on display.

The Spratt Family Jubilee, billed as the "best little show outside of Branson," will provide Saturday evening entertainment, with country, bluegrass, gospel and comedy. The show will be presented at the Faith Family Auditorium, 2323 Main, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 6-13 and free for children 5 years and under.

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days is presented by the Keokuk Area Convention & Tourism
Bureau and the Lee County Conservation Board. For more information and special hotel pricing, call (800) 383-1219 or (319) 524-5599, e-mail keokukia@interl.net, or visit


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