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Trawl Boat Cruises MU Homecoming Parade
Midwest Region, October 23, 2010
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The Phoenix decorated for the MU Homecoming parade. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
The Phoenix decorated for the MU Homecoming parade. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

For the fourth straight year the Columbia FWCO has provided our largest trawl boat the “Phoenix” for the University of Missouri, School of Natural Resources Alumni Association in the MU Homecoming parade. 

Adam McDaniel with the help of STEP student Clint Feger from the Columbia FWCO agreed to drive the boat float, referred to by the MU alumni as the “Bloat”, in the homecoming parade.  The alumni decorated and rode the “Bloat” through the parade and passed out candy to eager children along the route.  Alumni also provided parade goers with soothing sounds of their duck and goose calls.  

Sidewalks and streets were flooded with MU fans gearing up for the MU football game against number one Oklahoma.  The parade was a huge success with over one hundred fifty entries, perfect weather and an endless array of onlookers with frequent comments such as “that’s a BIG boat”.  Parents and children appeared to be impressed by our massive trawl boat rolling through the parade. 

Columbia FWCO employs multiple former MU students and provides work experience for STEP students from MU every summer.  The MU School of Natural Resources Alumni Association was extremely grateful for the use of the “Phoenix”.  We hope to participate again next year and into the future.  This is a great long term partnership with MU School of Natural Resources and is identified in the Partnership and Accountability Goal of the Fisheries Program Vision for the future.

 


Contact Info: Adam McDaniel, 573-445-5001 ex 26, adam_mcdaniel@fws.gov



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