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The ISA will once again be sponsoring the Kids Casting Area at the upcoming Northern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days event to be held at Silver Springs State Park in Yorkville on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27. The event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

 

NIH&FD is a FREE, family-oriented celebration of the great outdoors. There will be lots of activities such as canoeing, dog training demonstrations, a bluegill stocked kids fishing pond, a historical re-enactment camp, BB gun target shooting, fly fishing tying station and casting, archery range, shotgun clay target shooting, a Hawg Trough filled with Fox River fish species, silent auctions and much more. Food concessions are available during the event. There will be a Boy Scout breakfast kicking off each morning as well.

 

The ISA needs volunteers for the Kids Casting Area on both days of the event. Please consider spending a hour or two helping the ISA to foster the love of fishing and the great outdoors with the next generation of fishermen and fisherwomen. Bring the family and enjoy the rest of the day there beforehand or afterwards.

 

Set up for the ISA area will begin at 8 a.m. on each day. I would like to have at least four volunteers present in the casting area at all times during to the event to work with the kids and handle equipment malfunctions. Please reply to this posting with the day/time you are available to assist or with any questions you might have about the event.

 

Thank you for supporting the ISA in its efforts to promote the sport of fishing!

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Thanks, Craig!
I'll be certain to get an email blast out about this and help promote participation.
The ISA has a long history of outstanding service at this event.
I'm so very proud to see it continue with your exemplary efforts!

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Was out at Silver Springs State Park yesterday to help mark the locations for the tents and parking. Fishing pond looking good. Expect delivery of the bluegills in a couple of days. Heading up to Cabela's in about an hour to pick up the loaner poles and live bait for the kids fishing pond. Have checked out the ISA's poles for the kids casting area and they are in good working order. Weather forecast for the upcoming weekend looks great.

 

Anybody ready to help the next generation learn a little something about fishing? Need volunteer help in the kids casting area both Saturday and Sunday at all hours.

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After all the work that Craig is putting in to set this up the least we can do is give him a little of our time this weekend. Don't be shy! Come on out, see the show and give Craig a little of your time. It will definitely be worth your while.

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I would be interested in volunteering Saturday,let me know.

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Guest rich mc

ill be dropping off the rest of the equipment saturday morning [ pancake breakfast too] then will be back to work sunday

craig , did you get more brochures and the ISA sign up book? rich mc

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It was a great weather weekend for the NIH&FD event. The young anglers had a good time casting bobbers into buckets in the Kids Casting Area. Yes, there were a few bobbers left hanging in the trees, some launched across the road never to be seen again and multiple tangled lines to deal with when the action got intense. All handled with ease and in a professional manner by the ISA volunteers present.

 

The fishing for the voracious Velcro-tipped fish by the youngest anglers was equally intense. One little fellow would catch a fish and immediately drop the pole and begin his celebratory happy dance and seek out a High Five from those near him. His mother wondered aloud what he would do when he catches his first real fish.

 

Many thanks goes out to the following volunteers who spent part of their weekend and in some cases all weekend working the ISA's Kids Casting Area:

 

Ed Buric

Mike Chronik

Eugene Collins

Dan Gull

Craig Holderness

Rich McElligott

Mitch Schwarz

Steve Spiz

Coach Joe Large and the Marmion Academy Fishing Team

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for your hard work Craig......and everybody that contributed their efforts for this event!
Do we have any photos?

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Mike - I'm not aware of any photos taken. The NIH&FD committee had someone going around taking snaps. I'll check with them at the next meeting to see if they've got any on the Kids Casting Area.

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Yes, thank you to all our volunteers for this work and to Craig for organizing and heading up.

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