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  Harrison Hot Springs Travel Tale

by Lorry Patton

harrison_sand_sculptor210.jpg Harrison Hot Springs, famous for its mineral hot springs, its bald-headed eagles and its Sasquatch sightings, hosts an impressive array of festivals: The Harrison Festival of the Arts is on top of the list.
Every summer, the village communicates with the music of the Third Worlds: music of the Caribbean; music of the black population of Central America,; music of traditional and contemporary Africa and music influenced by African music; such as North American blues, rhythm and blues, zydeco and gospel. In other words: For nine whole days the village becomes a heart with soul; the sound becomes its heartbeat. It's an affective celebration; one that is heard by more people each year.
Hundreds of international, national and local artists participate in outdoor entertainment, theater, concerts, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, literary readings and art exhibits. Or--on a serious note, they participate in lectures and workshops that deal with important social and economic issues such as racism and human rights. Both artists and audience take part in these forums.
The tiny village of 600 also hosts a World Championship Sand Sculpture competition--an event that attracts sculptors from as far away as Europe and Japan -- and a power boat race and a kite festival.
And who among us hasn't heard of the Sasquatch? Well, Sasquatch Days are celebrated regularly in Harrison Hot Springs and have been, even before World War 11. In fact, some of the original stories about the hairy creature began in Harrison Hot Springs. It's not clear why the celebrations ceased to exist sometime before the war; however, in 1941, the celebrations began once again. It seems a Sasquatch was seen nine miles out of town and further investigation uncovered a trail of 16-inch footprints in a potato patch. Today, Sasquatch sightings are rare, still , if you're strolling through a potato patch, watch out!
Chances of sighting a bald eagle are better, since Harrison River, close to the village, is the second largest home for bald eagles in North America. Along the northwest bank of the river just below Harrison Lake is a section of highway internationally know as the "Home of the Bald Eagle".
Harrison Hot Springs expects over a million visitors each year. Many of these visitors will come to bathe in the rejuvenating mineral springs. Others will come to see the eagles. Some will come to enjoy the festivals. For whatever reason, if you've always wanted to be one in a million, come to Harrison Hot Springs.
For accommodation in Harrison Hot Springs call 1-800-663-6000



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