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Every day is an adventure at ECHO! ECHO Encounters, our brand of daily hands-on activities, changes regularly with new exhibit installations, new, dynamic volunteers willing to share their expertise, and outside partners adding their talents and knowledge to program events.

Last Day: ChampFest

Sunday, February 23, 2014
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Beginning on Saturday, February 15 through Sunday, March 2nd, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ECHO will be celebrating CHAMP!

Join us for a week-long+ celebration of all that is Champ with ECHO’s CHAMPFEST! Take part in our “Believer or Skeptic” fun, interactive, family program and explore the facts and legends of our ingeniousness Lake monster. Explore the history of Champ sightings, the many ways Champ has been portrayed through drawings and photographs, and learn about the field of Cryptozoology (literally the study of hidden animals). Did you know there are other unexplained creatures? We'll learn about as well, such as the Loch Ness Monster and Sasquatch.

  • Film: We will be showing our exclusive Champ film whichi s about the famous Sandra Mansi photo.
  • Champ Photo: New this year ECHO will have on display the original Champ photo Ms. Mansi gifted to ECHO two years ago. 
  • Artistry: After watching the film and learning about other mythical creatures, guests can try their hand at drawing or creating their own version of Champ and make it part of a gallery of creativity. 
  • Masks: A favorite activity is creating a take-home mask of Champ that can be as colorful and imaginative as one desires. 
  • Parade: Every day and impromptu parade will occur where the Champ masks can be worn and guests can parade around the inside of ECHO once the music begins. 
  • Story Explorers: Our youngests guests (6 and under) will enjoy a daily children't story about Champ that will engage their imagination and set a conservation message at the same time. 
ChampFest is FREE with admission to ECHO plus guests have full access to all that ECHO has to offer including the latest traveling exhibit: Alice's Wonderland

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