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May 17, 2000 -- No. 284

Free food, star shows, activities to mark Morehead's Galaxy Fest

CHAPEL HILL -- Moonwalks, a giant dinosaur slide-and-hide and Dana, the amazing juggler, who walks on stilts as she performs, will be part of Galaxy Fest Saturday (May 20) at the Morehead Planetarium.

Purple balloons, face-painting by Zainy Brainy and music by the Chapel Hill band Cat Baby also will highlight the free outdoor festival, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. There will also be free shows inside the planetarium, a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and refreshments served from 11:30 a.m. until they're gone: hot dogs, soft drinks, pizza and cookies.

"Last year, the planetarium's Birthday Bash attracted 2,000 people," said planetarium development director George Ann Bissett. "So we're back, with Galaxy Fest. This is a great event for kids and their families."

The Scrap Exchange, an organization that makes creative use of recycled materials, will help visitors create weird and fantastic objects with star and galaxy themes, Bissett said. Chapel Hill's police and blue fire truck will be on hand.

"Thanks to our generous Star Sponsors, all activities and refreshments will be free," she said. Sponsors are The Herald-Sun newspaper of Durham, Viking Travel, Saturn of Chapel Hill, Wachovia Bank, High & Rubish, Mindspring/EarthLink, Wellspring Groceries, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, the Chapel Hill Downtown Commission, Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Domino's Pizza on the Hill, the Carolina Inn, Simply Irresistible Catering and Harris Teeter.

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Contact: George Ann Bissett, 843-7951 or 962-1236