We did it!! Last weekend couldn’t have gone more smoothly if we had tried to juggle any more events. The IACCB conference went overall really well. Mark Hoffman, our director, even won a spotlight at one of the raffles, but the tour of our facilities seemed to be a big hit. The day was beautiful; not too hot or too cold, nor did we have the wind that we seem to be having these last few days. Citizens of Appanoose County the directors, board members, and other staff from the other 99 counties that were on the tour were dumbfounded with all the work that we here at ACCB have been able to do with your help through fundraising, volunteering, and participating in the activities and events hosted at our parks. We also would like to say a special “Thank You” to our board members and foundation members for all their hard work at the conference and leading up to it.
Bringing me to my next shout-out, the Andy George Lind (AGL) 2nd Annual Memorial Youth Deer Hunt was awesome to behold. We are so honored to be able to be a part of this event in memory of Andy, as its host site, even though this year’s quarters were a little smaller due to the tour coming though. Again, the people on the tour couldn’t believe the size of the hunt. They kept saying, “You must have a lot of hunters in Appanoose, for we couldn’t ever get this many hunters to lead this many youth on a hunt.” Everyone agreed that the sling-shot station was an awesome idea. There were 33 youth hunters out that evening, which I believe harvested two does and five or six very nice bucks. There were a few guides and youth going to go back out on Sunday to see if they could get one or to track the one that they think they had hit the night before and couldn’t find because of the lack of light. Once again, Appanoose County should be very proud.
Upcoming programs: Nature Olympics that was scheduled for Saturday the 8th of September at Sharon Bluffs State Park has been rescheduled for this Saturday, September 22nd. Participants are going to be competing in different relay events, water games, and getting dirty. It will still begin at 9:00 a.m. and finish at noon. This is an event that we need participants to pre-register, so we know how many different events we will be able to do and have the medals ready to be awarded. Call the Appanoose County Conservation Board office at (641)856-8528 or my cell-phone at (641)895-7499. Please leave a message with your name, participants name and age, and your number and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Please wear clothes that can get dirty or wet. Fliers are also going to be up around the community with the changed date. Last day to register is September 21st at noon.
Saturday Night Movie at the Bluffs on Saturday the 22nd of September, beginning at sunset at the shelterhouse at Sharon Bluffs State Park. We will be watching, Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. So bring a blanket or a chair to enjoy the movie out under the stars and canopy of the forest. And above all we can’t have a movie without popcorn and who knows maybe even some s’mores too.
Center 2000 is still open on weekends, both Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. So always feel free to stop in and see us or the animals. Yet again, we wished that we could have taken all that had wanted to come on the tour. For those that wanted too and didn’t, whenever you’re in the area, please feel free to stop on in. We would love to show you around.