GRAFTON, Ill. (KMOX) – The organizers of this weekend’s 20th annual Two River Family Fishing Fair are urging parents to take away their kids’ video game controllers and slap a fishing pole in their hands.
Scott Isringhausen, park interpreter at Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton, says it’s fun, family-oriented, and free.
“We try to focus on the youth and try to get people out in the Great Outdoors, and try to hook them on the great sport of fishing instead of some of the less desirable things that are out there,” Isringhausen explains to KMOX News.
Trout and bluegill ponds will be set up, along with a 5,000 gallon mobile aquarium.
There’s a Lil’ Angler tub and kids can shoot at a 3-D target in a pool, among many other attractions.
Isringhausen says the forecast is good and he urges folks attending the fair to carve out a good chunk of time so they can enjoy all the sights and sounds.
“There will be twenty-five different numbered stations for the kids,” he says. “It will probably take an hour-and-a-half, so please plan on spending at least an hour-and-a-half to see everything that’s there.”
The Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair kicks off Illinois Free Fishing Days and National Fishing and Boating Week.
Anyone can fish without a state license from June 10-13.
For more information contact Pere Marquette State Park at 618-786-3323 ext. 1.
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