Department of Tourism
"Wild Mountain Mania" Set for Cumberland Gap Nat'l Park Oct. 7-9
MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2005) – Wild Mountain Mania, a nature festival at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park set for Oct. 7-9, 2005, will feature live entertainment, music, kid’s activities, hands-on displays and a multitude of presentations concerning wildlife including birds of prey, reptiles, bears and other animals who inhabit the park that straddles the Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee borders.
Students from throughout the three states will visit the park for the event. Approximately 18,000 visitors attended last year’s event, which focused on the rich history of the early American frontier. Cumberland Gap was the gateway through the Appalachian Mountains that allowed white settlers to expand westward in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
This year’s event will focus on the natural resources that can be found in and around the park. “These mountains are magic,” says Park Ranger Scott Teodorski. “Their beauty, intrigue and sheer diversity have inspired generations.”
The park is seeking appropriate event exhibitors, speakers and food vendors to participate. The displays, exhibits and activities will all fit within a specific set of guidelines to ensure that they are appropriate and contribute to the integrity of the event, according to Teodorski.
For more information about Wild Mountain Mania, contact the park at 606-246-2817 ext. 1075 or visit www.nps.gov/cuga.