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Caterpillar Crawl Carnival

May 15, 2010 | 12 am

Junior League of Bristol to Hold
Caterpillar Crawl Carnival on May 15

In keeping with its commitment to reading and literacy, the Junior League of Bristol will hold the 2nd Annual Caterpillar Crawl Carnival on Saturday, May 15, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in downtown Bristol. The family friendly event celebrates a downtown scavenger hunt inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the classic children’s book by Eric Carle.

Scavengers are provided a list of clues and a map as they search along State Street for ten bronze caterpillar statues created by local artist Val Lyle. The statues depict the caterpillar in different situations as seen in The Very Hungry Caterpillar book.

The Caterpillar Crawl begins at the State Street Farmer’s Market and will culminate with a Caterpillar Crawl Carnival at the Bristol Public Library, located at 701 Goode St. in Bristol, Va. The carnival will feature games, balloons, snacks, a butterfly exhibit, a visit by KC the Caterpillar, and a book reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There will also be a clay table, where Lyle will help children sculpt their very own statues to take home with them. All of the activities are open to the public and free of charge.

“We’re so excited to celebrate the second anniversary of the Caterpillar Crawl in downtown Bristol,” said Katy Sikorski, president of the Junior League of Bristol. “The community’s response to it has been overwhelming and we’d love to have each and every family in our area to come out and celebrate with us.”

The Caterpillar Crawl is one of the Junior League of Bristol’s latest signature projects and provides multiple benefits to the community, said Sikorski. “The Junior League is proud to support a project that not only promotes reading and literacy but also draws families to downtown Bristol. It’s also a zero cost activity, and that’s something that families can really appreciate, especially in this challenging economy.”

Since the Caterpillar Crawl is a permanent fixture in downtown Bristol, families who are not able to join the fun on May 15 can still “do the Crawl” at any time. Would-be scavengers can simply visit www.jlbristol.org/caterpillar to download the clue brochure before heading downtown to start their search.

The Caterpillar Crawl is sponsored by the Junior League of Bristol, the City of Bristol, Tennessee, the City of Bristol Virginia, and Believe in Bristol. For more information on the Junior League of Bristol or the Caterpillar Crawl, please visit www.jlbristol.org/caterpillar.