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Critter Crawl brings family fun to Snellville City Hall

A dog statue guides interactive tours for the Critters Crawl event at Snellville City Hall. (Special Photo)

A dog statue guides interactive tours for the Critters Crawl event at Snellville City Hall. (Special Photo)

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A reading cat statue guides interactive tours for the Critters Crawl event at Snellville City Hall. (Special Photo)

The grounds around Snellville City Hall will welcome some new residents thanks to the Critter Crawl event that will be held at 2 p.m. today.

The event, produced by the Snellville Arts Commission, invites young readers to take an interactive tour of the space around City Hall guided by statues of “critters” including a bear, dog and trio of frogs.

The statues, which will be permanent fixtures on the grounds, will correspond with poems and drawings found on the Critter Crawl web page. There is also an audio of the poems being read aloud on the page and print outs of the poems will be made available at City Hall. The SAC Chairman Kirk Buis wrote the poems outlining the critter adventure.

“We hope it’s a real fun thing for families to come and follow the paths and have a good hourlong outing at City Hall,” Buis said.

The 2014 founding sponsors are the Snellville Downtown Development Authority, Snellville Tourism and Trade, Mayor Kelly Kautz and councilmembers Diane Krause, Bobby Howard and Tom Witts. Jean Baldwin drew the pictures for the Critter Crawl web page.

The idea was inspired by Krause’s visit to Greenville, S.C. where they have a similar project called “Mice on Main.”

“Our arts commission is full of spirited commissioners and volunteers ready to expand the arts throughout Snellville,” Krause said. “I felt something similar to Greenville’s scavenger hunt would bring children and young people to our City Hall. While enjoying the whimsical critters, those walking the Critter Crawl just might peak inside City Hall and learn about their governments as well.”

For more information about the Critter Crawl, visit snellvillearts.com. This is the latest project from SAC which is also holding a wine tasting fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. April 25 at Niko’s Wine Corner.