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Family-friendly festival

Highlands museum hosts Summer Kids Fest

ASHLAND — Children and families had an opportunity for fun and learning during an event on Saturday at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center.

The museum hosted its second Summer Kids Fest, featuring an animal show, a magician, games, food and more.

“It’s been wonderful,” volunteer Sandi Bolen said of the attendance, estimating about 600-700 had come through during the day.

All proceeds from the event go to children’s programs at the museum.

The animal show was hosted by Gary Bussa, who goes by the name Dr. Des Covery, who brought along his collection of snakes, lizards, turtles and other animals.

Bussa, of Greenup, a former zoo worker, frequently makes educational appearances in the region at churches, schools and other venues and is a fixture at the museum. He is currently planning a show for My Town TV.

Others appearing at the event included Dynamic Taekwondo, Hope Central and Aspire.

The museum’s next event is a benefit for its Country Music Heritage Hall. Set for 7 p.m. on Aug. 30, the program will feature a performance by local musician Rob McNurlin and His Beatnik Cowboys. Admission will be $5.

The museum’s annual book sale, during Ashland’s Poage Landing Days celebration, is planned for Sept. 21-22 and a Christmas Open House will take place on Dec. 1

For more information, visit www.highlandsmuseum.com.