Hokie BugFest and Macaroni Kid have teamed up to bring families a fun outdoor activity that will have you in search of some of the smallest residents of Southwest Virginia! The Hokie BugFest celebrates the science of entomology and this is the 10th anniversary of this popular annual event. This year's festival will be virtual and offer 10 days of fun starting Wednesday, October 7 through Saturday, October 17. Each day offers different activities, stories, and at-home activities, along with contests, challenges, and voting opportunities to enjoy. Find details HERE or visit the Macaroni Kid calendar for events.
Macaroni Kid loves being part of this annual tradition, and the entomologists at Virginia Tech have helped us assemble a search card with 10 arthropods commonly found this time of year for a scavenger hunt. In planning, they considered our local parks and green spaces in the New River Valley and Roanoke County, and you might even find some in your own backyard. Our Parks and Playground Guides can help you find where to look, and explore our area in the process.
- See the New River Valley Parks and Playgrounds Guide HERE
- See the Roanoke Valley Parks and Playgrounds Guide HERE
To make it even more fun, we'll offer 1 bug-hunting family a $25 gift card to a locally owned business in our directory of your choosing! As you find the challenge bugs below, share your bug photos through October 20th in a public post on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #HokieBugFestBugHunt and #Contest, and tag @Mackidnrv on Instagram, or tag @hokiebugfest and @nrvmacaronikid on Facebook. On October 21 we'll use a random generator to choose a winner, who will be tagged on the social channel they use and invited to choose where they'd like a gift card to from our directory.
Ready to get started? Click below and print out your Hokie BugFest Scavenger Hunt Card and happy hunting!