August 11, 2011 (Viejas) --Are you a vendor looking for a wild venue? Monarch Mania, set for Sunday, Sept. 18 at Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine, is for you! Last year's Monarch Mania event drew thousands of visitors, eager to witness the release of hundreds of magnificent Monarch butterflies and take part in other Festival activities, along with shopping for unique arts and crafts from event vendors.
A limited number of vendor spaces are available in and around the Show Court of the award-winning Viejas Outlet Center site, and will be assigned on a first-come basis. Products most suited for this venue are garden and/or nature-related, although all applicants will be considered.
In addition to the Monarch butterfly release, Monarch Mania will include caterpillar races, aplant sale (of specialty butterfly host and nectar plants), caterpillar sale to grow your own butterflies, and a chrysalis tree where onlookers will watch butterflies emerge before their very eyes!
Ongoing educational programs will be held throughout the day, with special guests to include live owls, hawks, hummingbirds, snakes, lizards, spiders and more. Event hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Admission to the event will be free.
Monarch Mania is hosted by CHIRP for Garden Wildlife, Inc., a not-for-profit habitat education corporation. Proceeds benefit habitat education programs for our schoolyards and backyards.