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WILDLIFE GROUP TO ORGANIZE APRIL WILDLIFE FAIR

The Utah Wildlife Federation will present the first annual Utah Wildlife Fair, April 23-26, to celebrate National Wildlife Week. Also involved will be the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the Utah Wildlife Leadership Coalition.

The fair, which will be held at the Utah State Fair Park, will include a wildlife and land managers conference; wildlife advocates conference; wildlife art show; taxidermy art show; wildlife appreciation activities; and wildlife education displays.A special guest will be noted scupltor and painter, Clark Bronson, who has been called the "greatest wildlife sculptor since the 19th century."

Several of his bronze works and paintings will be on display at the show, which will be open to the public April 24-25 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and April 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $3.00 per person or $5.00 per family.

On display will be award-winning works by noted wildlife artists from Utah.

According to John Prazen, metal sculptor and chairman for the event, the show will feature works in the area of taxidermy, watercolors, oils, acrylics, woodcarvings, photography, fused metal sculpture, bronze sculpture, and even terracotta clay.

Gov. Norm Bangerter will open the Wildlife Advocates Conference on April 24.

According to conference chairman Bob Nelson, "Critical challenges face Utah's wildlife. During the 1990's, broad public involvement in the debates about critical issues is essential if success on behalf of wildlife is to be achieved." Nelson said that the Wildlife Advocates Conference represents an opportunity for the public to become involved.

Daily conference registration is available to the public on a space available basis for $10.00 at the gate. For information on conference packages or advance registration, call 466-8806.