Wheelbarrows, gunnysacks, hawks, fish, canoes and law enforcement dogs will all be part of the National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration this weekend.
Events will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism headquarters on K-64.
The first event is the Great Race VII featuring teams competing in eight events, said Larry Eisenhouer, Pratt assistant recreation director.
Contestants will compete in a wheelbarrow race, a casting competition, archery, gunny sack race, mud relay, catch and release and conclude with a canoe race across a pond. Teams consist of six to 10 members and at least three have to be females. Men and women compete together in the wheelbarrow race, the mud relay and the canoe race, Eisenhouer said.
Currently, only four teams have signed up for the event and more teams are needed.
"We would love to have more teams participate," Eisenhouer said.
For information contact the Pratt Recreation Department at 672-3261 or visit the office on the first floor of the Pratt Municipal Building.
The top three teams in the Great Race will all receive trophies. The Recreation Department has a set of team shirts for at least one more team, Eisenhouer said.
Following the Great Race, KDWPT will host a Kids Fishing Derby for two age groups. The first group is ages 7 and younger. The second group consists of an 8-11 division and a 12-15 division. The boy and girl with the biggest fish in their age group will receive special prizes, said Tom Lang, KDWPT fisheries program specialist.
The fishing competition will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for ages 7 and under then from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for the 8-11 group and the 12-15 group.
To help make the fishing derby more interesting, KDWPT will be stocking the pond with over 400 pounds of channel catfish. At the spring fishing derby the fish just weren't biting but the pond will have more catfish this time.
"We should have a good catch rate for the kids," Lang said.
Also from 9 a.m. to noon is catch-and-release fishing for all ages in the "Centennial Pond."
Other activities include a falconry demonstration and a K-9 unit demonstration from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The KDWPT Nature Center will also present several programs from 9 a.m. to Noon.
Following the activities, KDWPT will sponsor a free lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
All the events are free and activities are available for all age groups.
"Come out and enjoy our outdoor resources. It should be a fun time like always," Lang said. "It's a good time to get into the great outdoors."
Page 2 of 2 - National Hunting and Fishing Day was established during the Nixon administration. It was designed to provide a focus for outdoor resources and the wise use of those resources.
It's a good kickoff to the fall hunting and fishing season. Every fish and wildlife agency in the country will be doing something on Sept. 22.