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Outdoor Heritage Day in Palisade encourages kids to get outside

Brittany Markert
Kids can learn the ins and outs of fishing at the annual Outdoor Heritage Day on Saturday, April 25.
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WHAT: Outdoor Heritage Day

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Riverbend Park, Palisade

COST: Free

INFO: Find Outdoor Heritage Day on Facebook.

Outdoor Heritage Day returns for its eighth year at Palisade’s Riverbend Park on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public. A free lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The day of fun outdoorsy events will showcase many popular activities in western Colorado, including fishing, hunting and kayaking. Outdoor Heritage Day is open to both kids and adults.

“It’s a great introduction for all the great outdoor activities in the area,” said Ryan Swygman, event organizer. “We have so many resources in the area that are not available everywhere in the United States. We are rich in natural resources and have a broad use of those resources.”

Dozens of booths will also be set up including Colorado Mule Deer Association, Grand Valley Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, Colorado State Parks and Wildlife and Grand Mesa Jeep Club. Other activities include a Grand Valley Gold Prospectors Club demonstration on how to pan for gold from the rivers; and how to shoot a bow and arrow and firearms.

Children who attend fishing clinics will receive a free rod and reel. Last year, the event handed out 1,000 poles; this year it plans to do around the same. The park’s lakes will be stocked with trout.

Palisade will sponsor a bike rodeo as well to promote bike safety and help kids learn the rules of the road.

“Kids these days are spending a lot of time inside rather than outside,” said another event organizer, Frank Watt. At Outdoor Heritage Day “they not only get the perspective of being outside, but how to appreciate what is going on in the world and outdoors.”

Parking fills up fast at Riverbend Park, so a free shuttle service will be provided from Palisade High School (2679 G Road, Palisade).

“It’s a good, clean, fun event,” Swygman said.

Last year, around 1,200 people attended and event organizers hope to see the same amount, if not more.

“Getting 1,000-2,000 people to the park is something that has value to the community,” Watt said.

For more information, find Outdoor Heritage Day on Facebook.

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