On Saturday, kids 15 years of age and younger will have the opportunity to enjoy a free day of fishing at Roaring River State Park.
"Kids Fishing Day is a great family oriented event that allows kids to learn about conservation and fishing and have a good time with their parents," said Paul Spurgeon, Roaring River Hatchery manager.
Youngsters are invited to pick up free trout tags and a goody bag at the hatchery office any time on Friday, Aug. 17 or on Saturday. The buzzer, which signifying the start of fishing hours, will sound at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
A portion of the trout fishing stream will be reserved for young anglers. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help kids, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish in the designated area without a child.
"Right now, we are working to get the park back into shape from the storm," said Spurgeon. "Everything will be in great shape for the children and their families on Kids Fishing Day."
This week, staff members will be working to place large tents throughout the youth fishing area. Over two dozen outdoor education classes will be offered under the tents, near the hatchery, along the stream and in the outdoor amphitheater.
Seminar topics for Kids Fishing Day will include fish cleaning, fish cooking, knife sharpening, knot tying, fly casting and How to Fish Roaring River. A hatchery tour will offer information on how trout are raised in the park.
The youth event will also feature the popular Snakes Alive workshop, which offers information on snakes that live in Missouri. Live specimens are available during the event.
A list of classes will be provided to each child who participates in Kids Fishing Day. The list was also published in the Aug. 8 edition of the Cassville Democrat.
Youngsters who attend at least three outdoor education classes will receive a choice of prizes and be entered into a drawing for larger prizes. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m.
"For one of our bigger prizes, we have a canoe to giveaway," said Spurgeon.
Random tag numbers will also be drawn throughout the day. Children who have a tag number selected in the drawing will receive a prize. Other prizes will be awarded for catching specially tagged trout.
Children must be present to win prizes. Although all family members are invited to attend and participate in Kids Fishing Day, only youngsters are eligible to win prizes.
"We will have bluegrass bands performing on the prize stage all day," said Spurgeon. "Those who are not interested in fishing are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and come out to listen to the music."
Wilderness Road will perform from 10 to 10:45 a.m., and Flying Buzzards will take the stage at 11 a.m. Spur of the Moment will entertain park visitors from noon to 12:45 p.m., and other groups will perform throughout the afternoon.
The event will also offer a free hot dog lunch provided by Roaring River Concessions. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available to children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteers will be on hand to provide assistance during Kids Fishing Day. Additional volunteers, who do not need to be experienced anglers, are still needed for the event, which will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information or to volunteer, call Spurgeon at 847-2430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.