A number of bluegrass and folk performers will be appearing at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park today during the annual Heritage Festival.

The event pays tribute to the local coal mining heritage and is located at the all-purpose field across from the beach area.

There will be an admission fee to the park. Overnight tent camping is available for registered campers only. Pets and alcohol are not permitted.

A wooded picnic grove with hibachis is also available and is located near the field. A variety of food vendors will also be in attendance.

Performers will include the Texas Rose Band, Jay Smar, Shane & Livi, The 3 of Us, Coal County Express, and new to the event this year will be Free Range Folk and Heavy Traffic.

Music will begin at 10 a.m. and will last into the evening hours.

Seating for the event is not available so be sure to bring folding chairs to enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the 350-acre lake at the park.

The Carbon County Environmental Center will be hosting a birds of prey program at 3 p.m.

Families will also enjoy hayrides along the historic Switchback Trail. Hayrides will be offered every hour and tickets can be obtained at the registration tent.

Free fall crafts for kids are being sponsored by CHOSE.

Mauch Chunk Lake Park is a county-owned park that earned recognition as the National Watershed of the Year in 1978. For additional event information visit www.mclpark. com.