2018-09-13 / Front Page

Park to bring back Kids Fish Fest; volunteers needed for trail clean up


Quay and Quan Hearst get important instructions for the catch of the day from their dad at the Elijah Clark Park Fish Fest in 2016. Many kids enjoyed casting for that special moment at the lake. Quay and Quan Hearst get important instructions for the catch of the day from their dad at the Elijah Clark Park Fish Fest in 2016. Many kids enjoyed casting for that special moment at the lake. Elijah Clark State Park is bring­ing back its Kids Fish Fest event on Saturday, September 22, from 8-11:30 a.m. The event is open to children under the age of 16, spe­cial exceptions are made for chil­dren with special needs.

Since a limited amount of equip­ment is available, each child is asked to take his own fishing tackle and bait.

It is important for every child to register for the event to ensure an accurate count of participants and enter them into the drawings for prizes which will be given away throughout the event. A lunch of hot dogs, chips, and soft drinks, prepared by the Friends of Elijah, an auxiliary organization that pro­motes and supports the park, will be provided.

The Fisheries Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will once again net off the fishing area and stock it with between 500 and 1,000 fish prior to the event.

“We’re hoping to attract children and their families from Lincolnton and the surrounding areas to the park. We feel the Kids’ Fish Fest is a great way to introduce young children to the joys of fishing and the park to people who have never visited here before,” park officials said.

Other events scheduled at the park include:

On Sundays, September 23 and 30, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. a “meet the snake and turtles of Georgia” event will be held. Visitors will be able to touch and learn about the habits of resident corn and hog­nose snakes. They will also be in­troduced to native turtles, the red eared slider, and the map turtle. Feeding the snakes and turtles will end the presentation.

After dark Friday, September 28, from 8-10 p.m., visitors may go to the assembly shelter to enjoy a starry night and cold lemonade during which they can observe the stars above and listen to stories be­ing told about the constellations. Star charts and a telescope will be on hand and the park naturalist will demonstrate how to use them and how to make star wheels for par­ticipants to take home. Participants may use their own binoculars and/ or telescopes. The event is free, but parking charges always apply.

On Saturday, September 29, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. “Your State Parks Day” will be held.

Patrons will join the park’s staff in cleaning up the three-mile trail. A storm hit the park in July and there is still a lot of work needed on this trail from the storm. Par­ticipants are asked to take gloves and any tools that they may need. “It’s amazing what we can get done when we work together,” park of­ficials said. Friends of Elijah Clark State Park will provide lunch for the volunteers.

Every Saturday at the Elijah Clark Homestead, the opportunity will be offered to step back in time and create a historic craft to take home. These crafts can be enjoyed by young and old alike. House tours are $1 and craft projects range from $2 to $5. Some crafts featured include making corn husk dolls, God’s eyes, candle dipping, and turning milk cartons into log cabins.

Visitors are reminded that all Georgia parks charge an entrance fee of $5 per vehicle.

For more information about the Kids’ Fish Fest or any of these events, call the park office at 706- 359-3458.

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