Rockton Pelican Fest back for its third year

Published: May. 20, 2023 at 10:41 PM CDT
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ROCKTON, Ill. (WIFR) - The Pelican Fest in Rockton was back for its third year to celebrate migrating white pelicans.

The festival celebrates the white pelicans that sometimes take a stop at Nygren Wetland Preserve on West Rockton Road. Guests were able to take a shuttle from the preserve to downtown Rockton.

Booths featuring s’more, face painting and educational facts about pelicans scattered Main Street.

“It’s a special thing that’s around here. It makes a lot of sense to me that they would celebrate the pelicans and make that something to bring people into town. A lot of environmental organizations in the area like to participate in Pelican Fest,” said Paul Baits who is the board president of the Natural Land Institute.