COSHOCTON -- On Saturday, Nov. 17, there will be a Crow Homecoming in Coshocton to officially "welcome back" the mass numbers of black crows that have begun to spend the winter months in Coshocton. The Pomerene Center for the Arts is hosting this free event which will take place beginning at 2 p.m. at the former Park Hotel Lot on Main Street in downtown Coshocton.

The festivities include free food and fun for all with contests, prizes, Crowtown Pizza, crow appetizers from the Warehouse Steak 'n Stein, and Hot "Crow-Co" from Medbery Marketplace. The River View High School art students will have their art crows on display, and there will be a presentation of the "Crow Wall" -- temporary crow-inspired artwork that will be hung on an outside wall at the Park Hotel lot.

"This Crow Homecoming is just a fun way to turn something that could be viewed as a negative into something positive," said Jan Myers, director at the Coshocton Visitors Bureau. "The crows are coming here anyway, so why not take advantage of the situation and use it to promote Coshocton. We have already had numerous visitors come to the area in the past few years to witness the masses of crows flying throughout the county and to study the crows' behavior."

Myers said Coshocton has been called "Crowtown" for a number of years -- long before the crows began to see this as a favorite winter home.

"It is intriguing that the crows decided to show up here in great numbers," she said. "The name 'Crowtown' really fits Coshocton now!"

For information about Coshocton's Crow Homecoming, contact the Pomerene Center for the Arts at 740-622-0326; or the Coshocton Visitors Bureau at 740-622-4877 or www.visitcoshocton.com.