By JIMMY ESPY
In just a few short years Outdoor Adventure Day has become the number one event at James H. ‘Sloppy” Floyd State Park. Last year approximately 1,500 people attended.
Park officials hope to draw an even larger crowd on Saturday.
The event will start at 9 a.m. and continue until about 3 p.m., according to Park Ranger Luke Daniels. The only cost is the standard $5 parking pass fee.
A free hot dog, chips and drink lunch will be served.
Daniels said more than 3,000 catfish have been stocked in a closed off section of the Upper Lake. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, but some will be made available.
Southeastern Reptile Rescue will return and put on two of its popular reptile shows.
There will also be a bird show.
There are several activities planned for young people, including BB gun target shooting, a climbing wall and archery. Local Boy Scouts will teach how to tie knots.
Two dozen canoes will be available.
The event is part of a statewide effort to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors. It is put on by the Floyd State Park personnel, Friends of Floyd State Park and the Arrowhead Wildlife Management Area in Armuchee, with the assistance of several state agencies.
“We hope people will come and join us for Outdoor Adventure Day,” said Daniels. “We look forward to seeing a big turnout.”