It's a tradition in Muskegon 26 years in the making! Sportsmen for youth is happening once again on September 7th at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds out on Heights Ravenna Road and it's a day filled with education, opportunity and above all, a chance to get away from the endless screen time in front of a phone, tablet or TV and to get some real hands on time with things like nature, animals and community members who look out for all of us. It's also an event that has grown in size and scope over the years and boasts a couple thousand kids and families who come to enjoy the atmosphere and free opportunities.
Made up of so many incredible organizations who all come together to promote things like fishing, hunting, hunting safety, conservation and the importance of all of our roles with nature, Sportsmen for Youth is directed by a staff of volunteers who want to give kids the opportunity to actually be hands on with knowing what the pelt of a mink feels like, or maybe the bristles of a warthog. How does a fishing lure work? What's it like to catch a trout? Can you handle a BB gun properly? Ever had a chance to meet a professional fisherman? Did you ever get up close and personal with Police, Fire or EMT? They will be on site too to show kids what they do and why, and it gives kids a chance to see that our first responders are in fact people too and what they do, it pretty awesome.
Youth attendees will also be provided a "swag bag" full of goodies, a free lunch and a complimentary t-shirt to commemorate the occasion. The best part of all of this too, is it doesn't cost the kids a thing. Actually, it's free to get in for everyone but if the parents want part of the lunch, there's a nominal charge for that. There are plenty of raffle prizes and opportunities to visit vendors who bring unique and fun opportunities to young people from fun ways to get the most of the great outdoors to educational opportunities that might lead them to a career in the outdoor world!
I met up with a couple of the board members of Sportsmen for Youth. Norton Shores Police Chief John Gale and Brian Harris who work behind the scenes all year to make this event happen along with their team of dedicated sportsmen who want to share their love of the outdoors. Take a listen to our chat about the event!
Get them out! Enjoy a day of free fun for the kids that isn't Fortnight or Snapchat. Our Muskegon County Fairgrounds are an expansive and beautiful area for all of us to enjoy and the dedicated group behind Sportsmen for Youth are working day after day, all year long to make this great event a possibility. Click on the photo below to visit the Sportsmen for Youth website and then plan on heading out on September 7th for a great day of family fun.