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Butterfly release at Hurley Park coming soon

We are less than a month away from one of the largest and most anticipated Hurley Park events, the great and wonderful Butterfly Release on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.

We have received numerous phone calls, emails, social media posts, etc. asking us questions about the event. So what better way to answer them all than in a Q&A column? Below are the top questions we have had; if you have any additional questions, please call, email or contact us on social media so that we can help you out.

Question: I was not able to purchase a butterfly this year; will there be extra butterflies for me to purchase the day of?

Answer: Unfortunately, we cannot do this. Butterflies have to be raised from eggs and this takes a considerable amount of time and preparation. Because these butterflies are also marked for the migration, we had to purchase tags in advance. Next year, we plan on opening the purchase site earlier so that you will have a better chance of buying your very own butterfly for the release.

Question: Can I still attend the event even though I did not purchase a butterfly?

Answer: Of course! This event is free and open to the public. We only sold extra butterflies because we had such a high request from attendees who wanted to release their own butterflies during our event. We definitely hope you can attend this year and watch the amazement.

Question: I missed the event because I thought it started later after an education program; what time will the event start?

Answer: The event starts promptly at 2 p.m.; do not be late, or you run the chance of missing out on the event. It is best to come early and find a good parking spot and a nice shady spot to watch the event.

Question: What do I need to bring to be comfortable for this event?

Answer: This is an outdoor event; it is recommended you bring comfortable clothing, sunscreen, water, lounge chairs, and something to take photos with.

Question: Is the event beside the gazebo?

Answer: Due to the size of the event, we will be located in the area beside City Lake. It is the open grassy part of Hurley Park that is surrounded by Annandale Avenue, Lake Drive, Club Drive, and Confederate Avenue. Hurley Park’s address is 304 Annandale Ave.

We will provide a sound system, restrooms, and will have food/refreshment vendors for the event.

For more information or if you have additional questions, please visit: www.salisburync.gov/HurleyPark, like us on Facebook and Instagram, or call us at 704-638-4459. If you would like more information on pollinators, visit: https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-pollinatorconservation/

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