NELSONVILLE, Ohio (May 3, 2017) – In support of National Get Outdoors Day, the Wayne National Forest Athens Ranger District-Marietta Unit is inviting the public to attend a day of outdoor fun on the banks of the Ohio River.
In collaboration with the Grandview Volunteer Fire Department, the Forest is hosting the Leith Run Play Outside event on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Leith Run Recreation Area (located north of Marietta on the Ohio River Scenic Byway). Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
A fishing derby will be held from 9-11 a.m., with the starter siren sounding at exactly 9 a.m. Youth 16 years of age and younger, accompanied by a parent or guardian, are eligible to enter the fishing derby. Prizes will be given in three age categories for the largest fish (by weight) and greatest total weight of fish. There will be a special prize category for weirdest catch. Derby winners will be announced at noon.
Activities will run concurrently with the fishing derby and include a climbing wall, a water safety course, disc golf, live turtle exhibition, and other conservation education stations. A free lunch will be provided from 11:30-noon.
Information on the event is available by calling the Marietta Unit of the Wayne National Forest, Athens Ranger District at (740) 373-9055. If possible, participants should bring their own fishing rods, bucket, bait, and chairs for the fishing derby. Extra fishing rods and bait will be available for children who do not have their own. All who attend are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, including bringing a hat and sunscreen.
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