Clarksville Eagle Days set for Jan. 27-28 at Apple Shed, Riverfront Park and downtown Clarksville

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Roger Holloway, executive director of World Bird Sanctuary, is shown at last year's event with McGwire, a male bald eagle. | Photo courtesy of Brent Engel

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. — One of the world’s richest men said it well. “If you want to soar like an eagle in life, you can’t be flocking with the turkeys,” admonished businessman Warren Buffett.

Hundreds of people will look skyward during Clarksville Eagle Days Jan. 27-28. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in Riverfront Park, the downtown area and The Apple Shed along Highway 79 at the south edge of town. The annual event is sponsored by Raintree Arts Council.

Viewing scopes will be available in the park, and free tours of nearby Lock and Dam 24 will be offered every 20 minutes. World Bird Sanctuary will present free live eagle programs on the hour at The Apple Shed both days.

Food, vendors, exhibits, children’s activities, business attractions and other festivities will be available. The United Methodist Church is hosting a free soup luncheon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Army Corps of Engineers will sponsor a raptor program Friday and conduct tours of the dam for area school students. The Audubon Society will offer information.

Due to ongoing floodwall construction, visitors to the park must use the north access at First and Lewis Streets near the dam instead of the south entrance near the boat club.

“Clarksville Eagle Days is a wonderful opportunity for people from all over to experience the beauty of eagles in their natural habitat, as well as during the incredible live eagle shows,” Raintree president Mindy Webert said.

Blakey advises those planning to attend to prepare for the weather.

“Definitely wear your warmest clothes, and don’t forget hats and gloves,” she said.

Blakey and her husband, Bill, have volunteered at community events longer than either can remember. Extra hands are always welcome, though. Blakey says too many people don’t realize that “unless we work together, we will not survive.”

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