ROMP is beloved for its gorgeous setting - Yellow Creek Park, a 150-acre facility famous for its raptor rescue center, winding creek and fishing lake, sweeping tree-lines, nature trails and vast grassy fields, is very much part of the spirit and festival culture that brings thousands to ROMP each year.
Hootie, a Great Horned Owl from the Western Kentucky raptor center is a fan favorite of ROMP and acts as the festival’s official mascot.
The Raptor Center is dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey through educating the community of the role that birds of prey play in our environment. Rehabilitation of injured or orphaned raptors are a key part of their mission as well as reconditioning and release of raptors utilizing falconry techniques.
Through public education, including events like ROMP, lives can be saved.
For more information on Hootie and the Western Kentucky Raptor Center, visit their website: http://www.westernkentuckyraptorcenter.org