COARSEGOLD, Calif. (KFSN) --In the town of Coarsegold, tarantulas are crawling across the community.
The eight-legged creatures are coming out and the town will soon gather to celebrate all things tarantula.
Each Coarsegold hosts an event unique to the Sierra Nevada Foothills.
Saturday, October 25, heralds the return of the Coarsegold Tarantula Awareness Festival. The town celebrates the emergence of the eight-legged creatures as they come out of their burrows in search of a mate before they hunker down over the winter. In the foothills, tarantula sightings forecast both cooler temperatures and the approaching rainy season, something Central Valley and foothill communities welcome.
While some people may shy away from them, the tarantulas are harmless and an important part of the local ecosystem. One of the purposes of the event is to educate people on the importance of tarantulas.
16th Annual Coarsegold Tarantula Awareness Festival
Saturday, October 26, 2013
10:00 AM -6:00 PM
Coarsegold Historic Village
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