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Jordan River National Fish Hatchery hosts annual Fall Fest!

Region 3, October 13, 2012
Two pumpkin patch participants add artistic touches to their selection at Jordan River NFH
Two pumpkin patch participants add artistic touches to their selection at Jordan River NFH - Photo Credit: n/a
John Sumner, Maintenance Mechanic, Jordan River NFH takes visitors on hatchery hay ride tour at recent Fall Fest.
John Sumner, Maintenance Mechanic, Jordan River NFH takes visitors on hatchery hay ride tour at recent Fall Fest. - Photo Credit: n/a

Jordan River National Fish Hatchery hosted its annual “Hatchery Fall Fest” Saturday, October 13 on the facility grounds. This yearly event is sponsored by the hatcheries Friends organization, as well as area NGO’s, businesses, and a cadre of dedicated volunteers. The 2012 festivities were hampered by unseasonably cool and wet weather, but over 400 intrepid visitors enjoyed a variety of free family activities supported by the event organizers. The public was treated to a free children’s pumpkin patch, hay rides, chili pot, guided tours, informational booths, games, and much more. The main goal of this great public outreach event is to provide a safe, no cost activity for families to enjoy the out of doors while learning something about the various fishery programs carried out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within the Great Lakes region. Sponsors such as the Friends of the Jordan River NFH, North Country Trail Association and Star Township Fire Department have been instrumental in carrying out these and other events on the hatchery over the years. These valuable public educational events would not be possible without the assistance of all our volunteers, including our youth volunteers from several area school districts. For more information about this or any other program at Jordan River NFH please contact Roger Gordon at the hatchery at 231-584-2461, or at roger_gordon@fws.gov.

Contact Info: Roger Gordon, 231-584-2461, roger_gordon@fws.gov