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Bounty of butterflies in Whilshire Trails Park
Children to release insects on Sunday afternoon
The annual Friends of the Park Butterfly Release at Wilshire Trails was partially rained out last year but Anessa Escochea, 5, still was able to release a butterfly between rain showers.

About 1,500 monarch and painted butterflies will take flight to the delight of hundreds of children at the 18th annual Friends of the Parks Butterfly Release.

Free activities for children will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Wilshire Trails Park along Pearl Nix Parkway in Gainesville. Events include paper sailboat races and face painting.

T-shirts and concessions will be available for purchase.

At 3 p.m., every child will be handed an envelope containing a butterfly to release into the park.

Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Exhibitors will line the walkway of the park with their crafts, trinkets and information.

Free parking is available at Woods Mill Academy and Gainesville High School with shuttles running from the schools to the park.

In case of rain, the butterflies will be released under the pavilion.

For more information, call 770-531-2680.

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