Bug Eating and Roach Racing On Schedule for Insect Festival July 10

Roach races, a cricket-spitting contest and tasty bugs are on the menu Sunday July 10 as Columbus State University's Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center hosts the 6th annual Insect Festival.

The event will go from noon to 4 p.m. at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center at 3535 South Lumpkin Road.

Admission is $2 per person but children under 4 are free.

Event Highlights include:

Roach Races (with Oxbows Madagascar hissing cockroaches)

Cricket-Spitting Contest (prizes awarded to winners)

Taste insect treats! (chocolate-covered crickets, cricket-lick- it lollipops, or seasoned mealworms)

Honey extraction & honey sales (Chattahoochee Valley Beekeepers Association)

Insect Exhibits (Auburn University students)

Alabama Fire Ant Management Program (Auburn University)

Pine bark beetle display (Georgia Forestry Commission)

View water & land bugs under microscopes

Crafts, Games, Scavenger Hunt, Insect tattoos for children

Refreshments on sale

For more information or directions, call (706) 687-4090 or visit http://oxbow.colstate.edu/