Pre-Registration Opens June 1 for Scott Hogsed Youth Conservation Day
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This is our 14th year of putting this wonderful event on. Look for some great stuff to be given away as well as some new educational booths at the event, including some old booths with some new stuff. We hope you come out to have a lot of fun and learn some cool stuff about outdoor activities.
The 14th Annual Scott Hogsed Youth Conservation & Education Day will be August 25, 2018. All youth ages 5-18 are welcome to attend this free event with a parental chaperone. Pre-register here so we have enough wild game for our free wild game lunch at the end of the event.
The Scott Hogsed Memorial Youth Conservation & Education Day began when some hunters, anglers and youth group leaders, in far Western North Carolina, decided to try and get kids away from video games and television to show them the beauty and opportunities of the outdoors. They decided to hold the free annual event that would showcase a variety of activities, presented by experts, with an emphasis on fun and safety.
Youth Conservation Day was born in 2005 with a special namesake, Scott Hogsed. Scott was an enthusiastic, energetic 14-year-old who spent as much time as he could hunting and fishing. He lost his life in a vehicle accident returning from a camping trip in 1984.
Each year we honor a different youth who loved the outdoors. Whether it was Scott who loved to just be outside hunting, fishing and camping to Justin Nichols who would have rather been fishing than anywhere else, to Nora Starks, who was happiest when she was riding her horse, they all loved being outside enjoying what nature has to offer. In 2015, we honored Boone Dobbs, a young man who came to every Scott Hogsed Day from the very beginning until he passed 2013. In 2016, the event was dedicated to the memory of Joshua Zalunardo, a 15-year-old boy, who lost his battle with a brain stem glioma in 2008. Last year we honored Shannon Christy, extreme kayaker and outdoor enthusiast. Shannon was from Andrews, NC and loved God and everything He created.
This year we will honor Josh Ritz. Josh was a super smart, sweet, loving 10-year-old boy. He loved coming to this event and participating in all of the fun outdoor activities.
As in the past, and this year is no exception, every kid who attends gets a free t-shirt and a goody bag and a chance to win some great prizes! So make plans to attend and be sure to bring lawn chairs so you can relax and enjoy the shade while the children are out having a great time. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Ages 5-18 are welcome to this free event. Register now!!