Locals are pushing to make the Castner Range a national monument and the Poppy Fest this weekend hopes to bring more awareness to this effort.

Poppy Fest 2016 is put on thanks to the Frontera Land Alliance at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. This free family friendly event invites people to come out and enjoy some of their free activities, live music and even a real wolf kids can meet!

According to the President of the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition Scott Cutler, the poppies are having an impressive showing this year. People who come out to Poppy Fest will see the beauty of the Castner Range and why Congressman Beto O'Rouke has submitted the Castner Range Monument Act to Congress. If the act passes, it will designate over 7,000 acres as a national monument.

Houdini the Harris Hawk will be making an appearance in the morning before Congressman O'Rouke makes a speech. There will also be a wolf from a wolf refuge in New Mexico on site and archery demonstrations, Boy Scout's Gila Dancers performance and even fire dancers. There are over 25 exhibitors and 25 vendors on site. There will also be food vendors in case you get hungry after the cactus tour or new trails around the museum.

Find out more information about the 10th Annual Poppy Fest at the El Paso Times or the event Facebook Page.

What: 10th Annual Poppy Fest 2016
Who: Thanks to The EP Museum of Arachaeolgy
Where: 4301 Woodrow Bean
When: Saturday April 2nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE