The 24th annual Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair will teach participants knot-tying, fish identification, fish cleaning, casting and other skills.
GRAFTON — The 24th annual Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7.
The event is hosted by Pere Marquette State Park, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; and Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
There is no charge to attend the fair or catch a fish. No license or fishing gear is needed. By participating in the activities, fairgoers will learn knot-tying, fish identification, fish cleaning, casting and many other skills, plus win prizes.
Fair organizers will bring back favorite activities from previous years, including a 4,000-gallon aquarium stocked with many of the fish found in the Illinois River, the “Fetch-n-Fish” dog show, Camo the Clown and the popular Trout Pond. There is a catch-and-release bluegill pond, where young anglers can have their photograph taken with their catch. Fredbird will make an appearance, the Lodge Boys folk band will play live, and there will be several new family activities.
The event is completely free and is possible thanks to sponsors and volunteers.
For information contact Pere Marquette State Park Visitor Center at (618) 786-3323.