Annual Ridgefield BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival once again delights young and old

Annual community event celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday

RIDGEFIELD — Adults and children alike flocked to downtown Ridgefield Saturday for the annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival. It was the 20th anniversary of the event, which takes place at various locations in downtown Ridgefield and also at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge.

April Brown, from the Audubon Society of Portland, shows “Ruby the Turkey Vulture’’ Saturday at the annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival in Ridgefield. Photo by Mike Schultz
April Brown, from the Audubon Society of Portland, shows “Ruby the Turkey Vulture’’ Saturday at the annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival in Ridgefield. Photo by Mike Schultz

Those in attendance enjoyed activities such as Bluegrass musical performances at Old Liberty Theater, themed family friendly activities, the Ridgefield Farmers Market and arts & crafts designed for children in attendance.

Russ Roseberry serves up some salmon to appreciating attendees at the annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival in Ridgefield Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz
Russ Roseberry serves up some salmon to appreciating attendees at the annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival in Ridgefield Saturday. Photo by Mike Schultz

For many, the highlight of the festival was the rare opportunity to view birds such as a Turkey Vulture, Peregrine Falcon and a Red Tailed Hawk. The Oregon Zoo ZAP provided hands-on learning opportunities at a display in Overlook Park and the Audubon Society of Portland provided a live bird show at Union Ridge Elementary.

Todd Krueger shows a Red Tailed Hawk to some interested youngsters Saturday at the annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival in Ridgefield. Photo by Mike Schultz
Todd Krueger shows a Red Tailed Hawk to some interested youngsters Saturday at the annual BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival in Ridgefield. Photo by Mike Schultz


Dennis Torresdal demonstrates traditional flint knapping techniques for making arrowheads and other tools Saturday at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Mike Schultz
Dennis Torresdal demonstrates traditional flint knapping techniques for making arrowheads and other tools Saturday at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Mike Schultz
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