What Roaring River means to me

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The following essays are the first-place and second place winners in the Roaring River Trout Hatchery's essay contest for Opening Day.

1st Place

What Roaring River means to me

By Dakota Moss/Cassville Middle school


Roaring River to me means spending time with family.

It could be hiking the trails, camping, feeding the fish, touring the hatchery, or, what it is most famous for, fishing. All of these activities are a chance to spend time with family or to just have fun.

Hiking the trails is one of the best things to do, besides fishing. There are many distances you could try, either a one-mile trail, or even a five-mile trail. But, I also love every trail, so it doesn't matter to me. It is really your choice. The trail I love most is Devil's Kitchen. I don't know why, but it is probably because it was the first trail I was ever on.

The next task I love to do with my family is touring the fish hatchery and feeding the fish. The fish hatchery keeps the river populated so the fishermen never run out of fish to catch. It is an amazing sight to see the fish go from the egg stage to the adult fish stage.

These things are all fun, but my favorite activity of all is either the water slide next to the park or fishing! I love to fish at the park. It is such a great park that on Trout Day, they sell double the amount of youth tickets than any other park in Missouri. It is such a great feeling to catch a fish without anyone's help. They have the best park, and if I could live there, I would.

This amazing park has many meanings to me and a lot of other people, too. I recommend going because it is really fun. It is also a good place to spend time with your family.

That is what makes this park so amazing to me and many other people.

2nd Place

What Roaring River means to me

By Kaylie Hunter/Cassville Middle school


Roaring River is my dad's and grandpa's favorite place.

During the summer, we always go fishing and hiking. It's such a beautiful place. My family has a big barbecue with my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. My cousins and I go hiking while the grown-ups cook, and the little ones play at the park or the shallow water. After we eat we go fishing, and we always have a good time.

Roaring River has always been one of the most beautiful places to me. I love walking down the path to my fishing place, listening to the rush of the water and the people laughing and having a good time. I love the smell of the fish and the greenery. I love seeing little kids fishing for the first time, and the people I know, and all new people coming to visit.

I remember the first time I ever caught a fish. I was 5 years old, and it was one of my favorite memories at Roaring River. I was so happy; it was one of the best days! I have many memories at Roaring River.

Roaring River is a place full of memories and good times. It is an amazing place to me and a very important place also.

I think that anyone who hasn't been there before should go now.