BugFest is back this year!
It has become a Triangle tradition at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. This is the 11th annual BugFest, and organizers are expecting more than 25,000 people to attend Saturday's event at Bicentennial Plaza in downtown Raleigh.
BugFest is the nation's largest single-day bug event. You'll see plenty of rare insects. Emelia Cowans, a spokeswoman for the museum, stopped by today for an interview, and she brought some weird insects. I wasn't scared of them, but I kept my distance after the museum's insect handler showed me the cut in her finger from the thorn of one insect.
More than 100 vendors will be there with all kinds of great displays and presentations. You'll be able to watch the Alberti Flea Circus. Other events include the Roachingham 500 roach race, a bee-bearding and a Garden Zone, where you can learn how to create a butterfly garden.
You'll also learn more about how insects are important staples in some cultures' diets. The Café Insecta features a new menu of bug-filled foods, including Hoppin' Hunan Grasshoppers over Rice (mmmm), Critter Fritters and the popular Hushed Grubbies. Those are hush puppies with grubs in the batter. Sources say they're good!
The kids will love it. BugFest has a great gross-out factor. And the best part -- it's all free!
It all gets started Saturday at 9 a.m. outside the museum, which is located at the corner of Jones and Salisbury. The fun runs all day, ending at 9 p.m.
And while you're there, check out the museum's Wild Music exhibit, which focuses on the sounds and songs of nature. This is the last weekend for that very popular exhibit. You can watch a video tour here!