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Tishomingo NWR Centennial Event
Southwest Region, April 12, 2003
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Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge celebrated the centennial of the National Wildlife Refuge System by taking a step back into the past. The refuge hosted an Easter egg hunt, the likes of which haven't been seen since the 1930s when the property was home of Chapman Farms. During the 1930s Chapman Farm families would color 3,000 eggs for approximately 1000 area children to hunt in celebration of the Easter holiday. This year the event featured a visit by the Refuge Blue Goose as well as the Easter Bunny and 10,000 plastic Easter eggs.

Johnston County Historical Society re-enactors in period dress provided a living history telling the story of Chapman Farms at their peak in the 1930s. Their presentation was followed by an address from President Theodore Roosevelt portrayed by local businessman Earl Brewer.

The refuge picnic area was filled to capacity as 1,500 - 2,000 visitors turned out for the event. Children of all ages, many visiting the refuge for the first time, searched for one of the coveted prize eggs provided by the Johnston County EMS and its group of volunteers. The event was so successful that local community leaders have asked that the refuge serve as the site for the event annually.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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