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Friday, March 6, 2020 (avoid the crowds and come on Friday evening!)
10:00 - 4:00  Live owls on display, gift shop & kids' art contest winners (Owl Center) ☺
11:00  Live Owl Program: The Travels of Mini Hooston (Owl Center) ☺Come early for a seat, as the program will be standing room only 
2:00  Live Owl Program: Owl Detectives (Owl Center) ☺​Come early for a seat, as the program will be standing room only 
At Houston High School
6:00 PM  Doors open to public at High School
6:00 - 8:30 PM  Vendors; raffle tickets, children's art exhibition and Festival T-shirts for sale☺
7:00 PM  Live Owl Program by the Illinois Raptor Center, featuring Great Horned, Barred, and Eastern Screech-Owls ☺
8:00 PM  Family and Adult-Only Owl Prowls *PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Saturday, March 7, 2020 (the most heavily attended day)
All activities at Houston High School unless otherwise noted
On your own: Story Walk (start at the Public Library, free)
8:00 – 11:00  Owl Face Pancake Breakfast (Lutheran Church) $5 adults; $3 ages 4-12; ages 3 and under - free
8:00 - 11:00  Owl Woodcarving Exhibition by Robin Warburton (Lutheran Church) -free, but you will want to eat owl pancakes while you're there! (see breakfast prices above)
8:45 AM  Doors open at High School ☺
9:00 – 4:30  Vendors; raffle tickets, children's art exhibition and Festival T-shirts for sale ☺
9:30 AM  Live Owl Program by the Illinois Raptor Center, featuring Snowy, Short-eared, and Barn Owls ☺
10:00 - 4:00  Live Owls on Display, gift shop & kids' art contest winners (Owl Center) ☺
10:30 – 2:30  Kids Activities ☺
10:30 – 2:30  Owl Nest Box Building ($30/box) ☺
10:30 – 2:30  Owl Pellet Dissection ($5/pellet)☺
11:00 AM  presentation by Fred Koning from The Netherlands, Hall of Fame Special Achievement Award Winner 
11:00 AM  Short-attention span program: Meet JR the Eastern Screech-Owl (15-20 minutes, Owl Center) ☺
12:30 PM  Kids Hooting Contest ☺ 
2:00 PM  Dr. Fred Gehlbach and Studies of the  Eastern Screech Owl: Mentor,  Scholar and Friend​ by Dr. Cherie McCollough  (Dr. Gehlbach is Hall of Fame Special Achievement Award Winner)
2:00 PM  Short-attention span program: Meet Ruby the Great Horned Owl (15-20 minutes, Owl Center) ☺
3:00 PM  Live Owl Program by the Illinois Raptor Center, featuring Great Horned, Barred, and Eastern Screech-Owls ☺
4:30 PM  Owl Woodcarving Exhibition by Robin Warburton (Cross of Christ Lutheran Church)*
6:00 PM  Banquet (Cross of Christ Lutheran Church) *
7:30 PM  World Owl Hall of Fame Award Presentations (Cross of Christ Lutheran Church) *
8:00 PM  Snowy Owls to Saw-whet Owls by Norman Smith from Massachusetts, World Owl Hall of Fame Champion of Owls Award Winner (Cross of Christ Lutheran Church) *
Sunday, March 8, 2020 (much less crowded than Saturday!)
All activities at Houston High School unless otherwise noted
On your own: Story Walk (start at the Public Library, free)
8:30 – 12:30  Birding & Natural History Bus Trip (leave from Houston Nature Center) with Dan Jackson, Tim Weisbrod, and Brian Lee *
8:45  AM  Doors open at High School ☺
9:00 – 2:00  Vendors; raffle tickets, children's art exhibition and Festival T-shirts for sale ☺
9:30 AM  Live Owl Program by the Illinois Raptor Center, featuring Snowy, Short-eared, and Barn Owls ☺
10:00 - 4:00  Live Owls on Display, gift shop & kids' art contest winners (Owl Center) ☺
10:30 – 2:00  Owl Pellet Dissection ($5/pellet)☺
10:30 – 2:00  Kids Activities ☺
11:00 AM  Conserving Owls in Nepal: a Journey by Yadav Ghimirey, World Owl Hall of Fame Special Achievement Award winner
11:00 AM  Short-attention span program: Meet JR the Eastern Screech-Owl (15-20 minutes, Owl Center) ☺
11:00 – 2:00  Owl Nest Box Building ($30/box) ☺
12:00 PM  Hatch-day Party Cake (until it's gone) ☺
12:30 PM  Live Owl Program by the Illinois Raptor Center, featuring Great Horned, Barred, and Eastern Screech-Owls ☺
1:45 PM  Raffle Drawing ☺
2:00 PM  Real Life Great Horned Owl Soap Opera with Karla Bloem and Ruby the Great Horned Owl

* Pre-registration and fees required.
☺  Daily admission wristband required. Adults: $10; Kids ages 4-17: $6; age 3 & under free. FREE ADMISSION for members of the International Owl Center. If you plan to come for the weekend, especially with a family, a membership is the most economical option, and comes with additional benefits.
Additional fees listed for some activities.

Venue Details
Houston, MN
306 W Elm St, Houston, MN, 55943, United States
The International Festival of Owls is a full-weekend, all-owl event that attracts 2,000+ people from kids to those with a scientific interest.