'Links to the Future' youth outdoors festival May 18 at Wolf Creek
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[April 20, 2013]
WINDSOR -- The annual "Links to
the Future" youth outdoors festival will take place on May 18 at
Wolf Creek State Park at Lake Shelbyville, and it is not too late
for youth organizations and individuals from throughout central
Illinois to plan to participate.
The youth festival, in its 12th year, features fishing,
trapshooting, archery, slingshot shooting and other skills
competitions, along with instruction on hunting, trapping, habitat
enhancement, wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation safety.
"The festival -- free of charge to participating youth -- is a great
event for promoting our outdoors heritage to the next generation,"
said Richard Glazebrook, site superintendent at Eagle Creek State
Recreation Area and Wolf Creek State Park. "Many of us who enjoy
hunting, fishing, camping and the outdoors want to share the
excitement of outdoor activities with kids who might not have other
chances to get outside. This festival links central Illinois youth
to activities they can enjoy for years to come."
Activities are scheduled from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on May 18.
As a part of the festival, 26 youth will participate in the
popular "Top Gun" competition involving six challenges testing their
outdoors skills to determine the award-winner. Half of the
competitors will represent the Lincoln Trails Boy Scout Council,
while the rest of the participants in the competition can be
sponsored by sporting and conservation organizations and clubs.
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Organizations interested in registering youth for the Top Gun
competition, or in otherwise assisting in sponsorship of the
festival, can contact the Eagle Creek State Recreation Area.
The youth festival is sponsored in part by Scheels, Delta
Waterfowl, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the NRA.
For more information, call the Eagle Creek/Wolf Creek site office
at 217-756-8260 or email
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