Forty-one years ago, Fort Worth was abuzz with reported sightings of the Lake Worth Monster — described as a hairy, scaly 7-foot-tall man-goat-beast. Though sightings of the creature haven’t occurred regularly since the summer of 1969, the annual Lake Worth Monster Bash keeps alive the local legend and its habitat. The 2010 celebration is scheduled 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 2 at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road.

Activities will include hayrides; bison viewing; canoeing; a festival with vendors, food and games; monster-tracking hikes; guided interpretive hikes; and storytelling. Music will be provided by The Skip Pullig Band, Barbara Taylor, Joel McElhany, and The Lightning Crispies. Authors Stephanie Erb (“Cam the Man Hunts for the Scary Goat Man”) and Nick Redfern and Ken Gerhard (“Monsters of Texas”) will be selling and autographing their books. Redfern will give a free public lecture on the monsters of Texas.

Admission to the Nature Center is $4 for adults; $3 for seniors; $2 for ages 3-17; free for children under 3 and for Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Most activities are at no additional cost, but some will require a $5 fee.

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