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MacKenzie Center Fall Festival rescheduled to Sunday, October 8

By Central Office October 6, 2017

Contact(s): Hayley Parsons, DNR Natural Resource Educator, 608-635-8105; Samantha Kueffler, DNR MacKenzie Center Property Manager, 608-635-8035

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MADISON - Due to the threat of inclement weather on Saturday, Oct. 7, the MacKenzie Fall Festival has been rescheduled to Sunday, Oct. 8. Outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of fall foliage are encouraged to visit the MacKenzie Center Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the 2017 MacKenzie Center Fall Festival.

This family friendly event will give attendees an opportunity to participate in some of the many activities available at the MacKenzie Center: archery, air guns, compass skills, wildlife viewing, fire building, hiking, scavenger hunts, and studying pond critters.

Hayrides are a popular feature at the MacKenzie Center Fall Festival.
Hayrides are a popular feature at the MacKenzie Center Fall Festival.
Photo Credit: DNR

Seasonal activities like pumpkin painting, a hay bale maze, gunny sack races, face painting, scarecrow making, and hayrides will put the whole family in the fall mood. To add to the adventure, participants will also get hands-on experience with fur and skulls, cut a "wood cookie" using a two-person crosscut saw, make leaf and wildlife track rubbings, and create other crafts.

"This year marks the MacKenzie Center's first year as a Wisconsin State Park property! Thanks to the Friends of MacKenzie, the property is able to offer this wonderful family-friendly fall event showcasing another Wisconsin State Park property gem. Come and experience the MacKenzie Center," said Samantha Kueffler, property manager.

"There is much excitement for the second year of the MacKenzie Center Fall Festival. The event is a great opportunity for people to enjoy the beauty of fall in Wisconsin while experiencing many of the programs the MacKenzie Center has to offer," added Hayley Parsons, natural resources educator.

The $15 vehicle admission will cover parking and all event activities. The Friends of MacKenzie will have food and gift shop items will be available at an additional cost. All proceeds go to the Friends of the MacKenzie Center to support the facility and its programs.

The MacKenzie Center, is located outside of Poynette, 25 miles north of Madison and has interpretive trails, exhibits, museums and programming available for school and youth groups. For more information search the Department of Natural Resources website,, for keyword "MacKenzie."

People interested in volunteering at the event are encouraged to contact the Friends of MacKenzie at or call the MacKenzie Center at 608-635-8105.

For more information about the event, visit the Friends of MacKenzie website or facebook page (both links exit DNR).

Last Revised: Friday, October 06, 2017

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