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Annual Outdoor Fools Day at TFFC draws hundreds

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 10, 2013

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps Eric "Mr. B" Brittingham (left), of "Wildlife on the Move,"  talks about the Chilean Rose Tarantula that Brandy Whitney, 9, of Corsicana, is holding. The "Wildlife on the Move" show was one of many fun and educational experiences children of all ages enjoyed at the annual Outdoor Fools Day at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center April 6.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
Eric “Mr. B” Brittingham (left), of “Wildlife on the Move,” talks about the Chilean Rose Tarantula that Brandy Whitney, 9, of Corsicana, is holding. The “Wildlife on the Move” show was one of many fun and educational experiences children of all ages enjoyed at the annual Outdoor Fools Day at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center April 6.

By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

ATHENS–More than 650 people attended the annual Outdoor Fools Day event at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens April 6.
The event provided many activities for children and adults to learn about the outdoors while having fun in the process.
“It was a very fun and successful day,” TFFC media contact Larry Hodge said.
The annual event is described as having two goals: to let you know what’s out there to enjoy and to teach you how to do it.
Activities such as kayaking, fly-fishing, cooking campfire meals, learning about outdoor animals, cleaning and cooking fish and getting to meet champion tracking dogs were among the activities provided.
People were not only shown how things are done, but given a chance to do them for themselves under the watchful eye of an expert.
In the “Wildlife on the Move” show, presenter Eric “Mr. B” Brittingham showed a variety of animals such as snakes, spiders, cockroaches and hedgehogs.
Several young audiences members had the chance to hold the animals, and everybody had the opportunity to touch and feel a 9-foot boa constrictor.
Regular TFFC activities were also available, including the dive shows and tours. The event was sponsored by several Athens-area businesses, as well as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Friends of the TFFC.
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located at 5550 Farm-to-Market 2495, about four miles east of Athens. For more information about the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, call (903) 676-2277 or visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc.

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