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Photo Provided The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office boat used for their river rescue dive team will be at Outdoor Day this weekend. Full of fun and educational activities, the event will take place on Saturday 24 September from 10am to 4pm at Monroe Park and Marina in Sardis.

SARDIS – Monroe County’s Soil and Water Conservation District is ready for its third annual Outdoor Day.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Monroe Park and Marina, just south of Duffy at Ohio 7.

Katie Kovaly, program coordinator for Monroe County SWCD, said the free event gives residents of all ages a chance to experience the great outdoors and what it has to offer. A range of outdoor activities are planned throughout the day.

“Our goal is to educate youth and adults about outdoor recreation opportunities in Monroe County and surrounding areas and to provide some hands-on educational opportunities. It’s a fun outdoor event for the whole family to experience or learn new things.” She said.

The event begins at 10am with the Passport to Fishing course for children ages 5-17. Kovaly said they have to register for the course so they can provide participants with enough fishing rods. Each participant will receive a free fishing rod and lunch.

A demonstration by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Supervisor Chris Gilkey and K-9 Mattis will follow at 11:00 am. This process temporarily stuns the fish and allows for the discovery of what species of fish are in the water.

“ODNR will have their boat there. They lower a tree into the river and send a small electric current through the water, temporarily paralyzing the fish. This allows the fish to rise to the surface. It is used for surveys and river health to determine what species of fish are in a river.” she said, adding that some of the fish will be removed from the river, transported in tanks and put on display for attendees.

“Kids will have a chance to see native fish in the Ohio River.”

The fish species will all depend on what is in that area of ​​the river at the time of the shock, Kovaly said.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will bring their new boat, purchased to accompany the county’s own river rescue dive team. Kovaly said they will conduct training exercises.

Other activities at the event include a BB gun and archery range, a Smokey Bear photo booth, a flint-making demonstration, live animal encounters, crafts and a bake sale.

The event began in 2020 to bring children and residents outside to experience activities and provide education.

“Some kids have never shot a gun before, this gives them a chance to shoot a BB gun. Some children have never shot a bow and arrow, which gives them the opportunity to do so. It encourages the outdoor activities that are prominent in Monroe County that some children are unable to participate in.” She said.

All are cordially invited to take part in the event. Registration is only required for those interested in participating in the fishing course. Call County SWCD at 740-472-5477 to register.

“It’s an open festival. There isn’t really a set schedule; everyone can come and go as they please.” She said.

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