Zane Grey Festival offers free family fun

Lackawaxen. Live birds of prey, puppet show, folk music, horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, plein air demonstrations, and more are in store at Saturday's festival in Lackawaxen.

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  • Children have their faces painted at last year's Zane Grey Festival. (Photo provided)

  • A Steamtown preservation specialist ignites gas jets to create a ring of fire (National Park Service photo)

Zane Grey's legacy of literature and sportsmanship lives on in Lackawaxen. Join the fun and learn more about the Western novelist who lived along the banks of the Upper Delaware at the 15th annual Zane Grey Festival.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, on the grounds of the Zane Grey Museum, 135 Scenic Drive, in Lackawaxen. Free family activities will be offered throughout the day.

Highlights include:

11 a.m. — Live birds of prey show by Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center

11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Horse-drawn wagon rides by Brook Valley Farm

12:30 p.m. — The Upper Delaware Puppeteers present "Wild about Wildlife"

1 p.m. — Guided walking tour of Dolly’s Garden Path (Dolly Grey, that is, wife of Zane Grey) by park ranger Leanne Bruetch

1:15-3 p.m. — Live folk music by local musician Dan Engvaldsen

Staff from Steamtown National Historic Site will demonstrate the "Ring of Fire" throughout the day. This series of ignited gas jets expands a train's steel tire, prepping it for replacement.

Craft activities will be available for children of all ages. There will also be children's scavenger hunt, face painting, primitive skills and weaving demonstrations, among other activities.

Zane Grey Plein Air will conduct ongoing demonstrations and landscape sketching along the river throughout the day.

The Lackawaxen Fire Company will serve hamburgers and hotdogs (donations accepted), and the Honesdale National Bank will serve popcorn and ice cold water all day.

The event is sponsored by the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and the Zane Grey's West Society.

For more information call 570-685-4871 or email

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