DUFFIELD — For two decades, Natural Tunnel State Park has hosted its annual Kid’s Fishing Day. Megan Krager, the park’s education specialist, says each year the event is attended by several hundred folks.
“Last year, we had anywhere from 450 to 500 people. My best advice is to get here early and claim your spot,” Krager said.
The event, which is now in its 20th year, will be held on Saturday. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with fishing to start at noon.
Fishing for children ages 3 to 12 will continue until 3 p.m., at which time adults will be allowed to fish. There is no charge to fish.
“This particular program is designed for children to learn how to fish. We noticed that over the past several years, the amount of people purchasing fishing licenses has gone down,” said Krager. “We were thinking, that by having this program, it would not only allow the kids to learn how to fish, but also, hopefully, they will enjoy it so much that when they get older, it’s something they will continue to do and will become more involved with when they get older. And maybe they will also be ambassadors for fishing and help to protect some of the waters we have for fishing.”
Krager says whatever the kids catch, they can take home with them. Fishing equipment and bait are not supplied. Participants will need to bring their own.
Other programs available throughout the day on Saturday include archery, a BB competition and fly fishing.
Those wishing to fish should park in the picnic area, where a shuttle bus will pick them up and take them to the Stock Creek Interpretive Center.
Natural Tunnel will be a busy place the next few weeks. In addition to Kid’s Fishing Day this weekend, Run the Tunnel will also be held on Saturday. This 3.8-mile race begins at 9 a.m. Packet pick-up and registration begin at 7:30 a.m. at picnic area shelter No. 4.
Frontier Muster and Trade Faire will also be going on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday there will be a horse race, several demonstrations from weapons to backing, workshops on the Cherokee language and Native American cooking. At 3 p.m. the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will hold an auction to help raise money. It is open to everyone. All day both Saturday and Sunday, there will be 18th century kids games, frontier cooking, blacksmithing, hide tanning and more. Parking for Saturday is $4 per vehicle. Sunday is free.
The park’s annual plant sale will be held on Sat., May 7. The Scott County Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer tips and suggestions on how to select plants. A variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers will be available for purchase. Parking is $4 per vehicle.
For more information on these or any other upcoming events at Natural Tunnel, call (276) 940-1643.