Monday, June 4, 2007

Trout Festival 2007

On Saturday, June 23 the Natural Resources Division of Haywood Community College, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Haywood Waterways Association are sponsoring a CATCH youth fishing clinic during the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Festival. CATCH Clinic hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

The CATCH (Caring For Aquatics Through Conservation Habits) program is designed to teach young people “how”, “when”, and “where” to fish as well as to introduce lessons in aquatic ecology, water safety, fishing ethics, and respect for the outdoors. A new activity this year will be based on Kids In The Creek and will involve collecting and identifying aquatic bugs, as well as, testing water quality. Many youngsters in our community have never had the opportunity to learn how to fish or to explore aquatic habitats. CATCH provides this environmental education opportunity.

The CATCH Clinic is open to youth between the ages of 6 and 15. Necessary equipment will be furnished. A parent or guardian must register and attend with the youth.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. The numbers of participants will be limited. MUST BE REGISTERED BY JUNE 15 IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE. To register, call Dave Dudek (828) 627-4564, or Jenny Carver (828) 627-4560, Haywood Community College, Natural Resources Division, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.

ACTIVITIES AND OTHER EVENTS
  • Fly-fishing exhibits, presentations & demos
  • Educational & Environmental Tent(600 Gallon Freshwater Aquarium, interactive displays, and educational booths)
  • Vendor market: Arts and crafts, t-shirts, retail, and kids souvenirs
  • Fried Trout Dinners – served from 11:00 am – until
  • A variety of delicious food vendors (beer available)
  • Free kids inflatables & activities
  • Sponsored by the Maggie Valley Chamber & The Town of Maggie Valley
  • Trout Race – begins at 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, June 23
    Race Tickets: $5.00/each
    Cash Prizes: 1st place = $800
    2nd place = $400
    3rd place = $200
    4th place = $100

Join the fun! Get hooked on fishing!

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