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Excitement Abounds at Family Funfest
Midwest Region, July 16, 2010
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Adam McDaniel shows a shovelnose sturgeon to a group of young adventurers. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) 
Adam McDaniel shows a shovelnose sturgeon to a group of young adventurers. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)  - Photo Credit: n/a
Brian Elkington tells kids about flathead catfish. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Brian Elkington tells kids about flathead catfish. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Many of the kids couldn’t help but scream out of excitement upon seeing the live fish.  Columbia FWCO’s Brian Elkington, Adam McDaniel and James Needham were invited to Flat Branch Park in Columbia, MO to take part in the 2nd annual Family Funfest “Explore the Outdoors”. 

 

We brought with us a wide array of fish along with one very large flathead catfish and set up our booth amongst the other nature themed displays.  The event was open to the public and many from the local community came out for it; along with people that just happened to be walking through the park and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. 

 

From young to old, they were fascinated by the different fish species collected from the Missouri River.  Although hesitant at first, by the end of the event most of the kids wanted to hold each different fish and touch the catfish that was as big as most of them.  Some of the children even came back to our station multiple times to get another chance to hold a Missouri River fish.  

 

Overall the event proved to be a great success providing an opportunity for us to show off the amazing animals that live and thrive in Columbia, MO’s backyard.  Following the event the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department showed their appreciation for our participation in the event and thanked us for coming out.


Contact Info: Brian Elkington, (573) 445-5001 ext 25, Brian_Elkington@fws.gov



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