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Where Were We Video: Prairie Fest 2010


by Cindy Chaffin 26 Apr 2010

Minutes from the heart of downtown Fort Worth, just off of of I-30 between Beach and Oakland, sits 160-acres of unspoiled, undeveloped prairie land. The Tandy Hills Natural Area is rich with over 500 native plant species, and is a good example of how Fort Worth and the surrounding area looked pre-development. This beautiful natural area is home to the annual Prairie Fest, an event filled with art, music, crafts and wildflower walks. Art&Seek attended this year’s event loaded with a good pair of hiking shoes and a video camera.

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Minutes from the heart of downtown Fort Worth, just off of of I-30 between Beach and Oakland, sits 160-acres of unspoiled, undeveloped prairie land. The Tandy Hills Natural Area is rich with over 500 native plant species, and is a good example of how Fort Worth and the surrounding area looked pre-development. The land was obtained by the City of Fort Worth in the 1960’s, designated a natural area in 1987 and is currently managed by the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.

Don Young, founder of the Friends of Tandy Hills, lives across the street from THNA, and is a major advocate for maintaining the integrity of the land and preserving it in its natural state.

In order to generate awareness of this gorgeous untouched land, Young created Prairie Fest, an annual event that features local artists, music, children’s activities, food and much more.

Art&Seek attended this year’s Prairie Fest and had a wonderful time perusing the artists booths, enjoying the music of Katsuk and Brave Combo and sipping a lovely chardonney while gazing at acres of Texas wildflowers.

We caught up with Young and asked him to explain further about Prairie Fest and the thought behind it. Please enjoy the video.

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  • Libby Gilmore

    Congratulations to Don Young for his continuing work to keep Fort Worth as green as possible, in spite of difficult odds. He is and should be an inspiration to everyone who lives in Fort Worth to support him in efforts to make sure that Tandy Hills, and everywhere else that is still green in Fort Worth, stay that way, so that children and grandchildren will have a pretty city to live in.

  • Bob Horton

    Congrats!

    To Don Young, Phil Hennen, and ALL the many people who have persisted over the last decade in preserving the fact of Tandy Hills as well as the values that reflects. In the year 3010, social scientists will look at records of this event and say, “Well, at least some of them had some common sense and the energy to put it to work!”

    Well done and thanks so much!

    Bob Horton, MS
    CEO
    TREES, the Trinity River Environmental Education Society

  • We attend numerous events in our community in North Central Texas and I have to say it was really a great event to be a part of. I think what you are trying to accomplish is extrodinary.

    Please let me know of any other events we can help with.

    Our group had a great time.

    Thank you for your efforts.