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Outdoor Adventure Day reels in youth

Yule Aranda of Artesia helps his son, Yule Aranda Jr., 2, reel in a catfish during Saturday's Outdoor Adventure Day at Spring River Park and Zoo. Sunrise Optimist Club member Roger Burnett watches as the younger Aranda enjoys fishing for his first time. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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More than 350 pounds of catfish were stocked this week at the Spring River Park and Zoo pond to give area youth a good chance to pull in a catch during Outdoor Adventure Day Saturday.
“We are expecting about 200 people,” said Corp. Tyson Sanders of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, which sponsors the annual event in cooperation with the Sunrise Optimist Club and the Roswell Fire and Police departments.
“Our goal is to get kids outside and enjoying the outdoors,” Sanders said, “whether that is through fishing, archery, pellet guns or the (off-highway vehicle) simulator. We just want kids to get excited about being outdoors.”
More than $2,700 worth of prizes were expected to be given out, including 120 prizes to be awarded in random drawings and bikes to be given to the girl and boy catching the largest specimens. The fishing contest was open to youth age 11 or younger. Girl Scout Troop 21 was also offering some games, and the Roswell Fire Department had an obstacle course for kids. Hot dogs and drinks were scheduled to be given away by Roswell Police Department officers.
Sanders said donors to the event include Wal-Mart, the New Mexico chapter of Safari International, Southwest Printing, Street Illusions and Business Notions.
Just a couple of hours after registration began, 170 youth had already registered to fish. They were allowed to keep two, but some attending were releasing their catches.
“They love fishing and being outdoors,” said Stephanie Lucero about the three children she and her husband brought to the park. “We plan to be here throughout the day.”
In Roswell, the Outdoor Adventure Day coincided with free fishing day statewide, Sanders said. Several New Mexico Game and Fish Department offices around the state offer similar events on free fishing day or other days during the year, he said.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.