All over our nation, there are festivals honoring just about everything because even the smallest town has something that they are passionate about. For the wonderful community of Hudson, North Carolina, that passion is for butterflies! The Hudson Butterfly Festival is the oldest festival in the county and is so popular that it brings between 2,000 and 10,000 spectators into the area. If you plan to visit Lenoir & the NC Foothills, now is a perfect time to do it!
The Hudson Butterfly Festival features arts, crafts, food & drink from area vendors, great entertainment, and plenty of children’s activities. Past festivals have had such children activities as a petting zoo, mini fire engine, and face painting. There is no telling what entertaining antics they have up their sleeves this year! It is held each year on the first Saturday in May and takes place in downtown Hudson on Central Street, taking up roughly a third of a mile!
It is wonderful that the quaint town of Hudson, incorporated in 1905, has so many events throughout the year. The Hudson Community Development Association is responsible not only for the Hudson Butterfly Festival, but also other festivals and events, including the annual March of the Cross, Easter Egg Hunt, Fourth of July Kiddie Car Parade, Memorial Day Service, Christmas Parade, and much more.
So, you might wonder what makes it a butterfly festival. The importance of this event is to honor the butterfly and its contribution to the environment. At the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Monarch Education Table and the Butterfly Tent, which is filled with butterflies. You can learn which plants to place in your yard to help butterflies, such as creating a way station for Monarch butterflies.
Make plans to attend this year’s Hudson Butterfly Festival and take part in the many educational and fun activities. Bring the family, as there’s plenty of fun for everyone at any of the festivals our area is so well known for!