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20th annual Bald Eagle
Appreciation Days Jan. 17-18
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[JAN. 10, 2003]  KEOKUK, Iowa -- The 20th annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in Keokuk will be Jan. 17-18. Keokuk is the winter home of the largest concentration of American bald eagles on the Mississippi River.

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 the observation points. Seventeen wildlife, conservation and environmental agencies will exhibit in the River City Mall.

The World Bird Sanctuary live eagle and raptor presentations will continue throughout the weekend at the Plaza Cinema in the River City Mall. The presentations are free and are presented hourly beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Native American activities will be present inside River City Mall throughout both days, giving visitors and opportunity to learn about Native American history of the Keokuk area. Native American dancing will also be featured.

The Worthen Earth Searchers have organized a rock, mineral and artifact show with 50-plus tables. The exhibits will be on display 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. The carving talent will be on display in the Keokuk Art Center at the River City Mall.

Saturday evening entertainment will be provided by the Spratt Family Jubilee, billed as the "best little show outside of Branson." Country, bluegrass, gospel and comedy are combined in a family show that will be presented at the Faith Family Auditorium, 2323 Main St., 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 and Tourism Bureau and the Lee County Conservation Board.

For more information call (800) 383-1219 or 319-524-5599, send e-mail to keokukia@interl.net, or visit www.keokuktourism.com.

[News release]

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