They are proud at the American West Heritage Center to provide some of the best stargazing spots in Cache Valley and that is why they are again hosting their annual Star Party Friday, August 12. This event is timed to coincide with the Perseids Meteor Shower. “It happens every year, in early August,” said AWHC Education Director Nelda Ault. “So we plan our star party for the same time. “Watching the meteor shower from here at the Heritage Center is a great place because we have very few street lights to get in the way of your star watching and your meteor watching.” The event is open from 7-11 p.m. and the last ticket will be sold at 10 p.m. Festival admission is $6 for everyone three and older. Those who bring their own telescope and share it with others will earn a free festival admission. “We will also have a treasure hunt going on that talks about history, the gunfighters will be here, the train rides and the pony rides will be going.” The first ever Star Carnival will be in the Opera House complete with crafts, treats and games. Ault said Laura Swift Lind of the Starhouse Discovery Center will provide a Stellarium presentation in the Livery Stable every hour starting at 7:30 p.m. “She will discuss what a meteor shower is and how to find the Perseids.” The American West Heritage Center is a non-profit living history museum dedicated to teaching about and celebrating the culture of the American West during the years 1820-1920.
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