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Butterflies to grace skies
Locals to set Painted Ladies free in area park
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Lisa Wright watches a butterfly flutter away during last year’s Friends of the Parks annual Butterfly Release.

About 1,500 butterflies will take flight for the first time to the delight of hundreds of children at the 17th annual Friends of the Parks Butterfly Release.

Free activities for children will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Wilshire Trails Park along Pearl Nix Parkway in Gainesville. Events include face painting by Gainesville High School cheerleaders, butterfly dancers from Heather Wayne Dance Group, paper sailboat races in the creek, butterfly cookies for decorating and puppies to view from the humane society.

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

A winner for the T-shirt butterfly design will be presented that afternoon prior to the release. The design is selected each year from several hundred entries from a specific grade school goes on the T-shirts.

Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase. About 35 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.