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Outdoor Adventure Day lures in hundreds of kids

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Mason Deen joins more than 200 other kids fishing and taking part in other activities during Saturday’s Outdoor Adventure Day sponsored by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department and held at the Spring River Park and Zoo. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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It’s not just a big fish tale to say that the annual Outdoor Adventure Day keeps growing each year.

Edyn Lucero, left, and Shawn Denny of the Game and Fish Department check out his large catfish, which weighed in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces, the largest caught up to that point on Saturday morning. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The event held for the past three years at Spring River Park and Zoo and organized by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is meant to encourage youth to get out into nature to enjoy outdoor activities, including fishing.

It is held each year in conjunction with Free Fishing Day, when people can fish anywhere in the state without having to purchase a license. Youth 11 and under can fish at the Spring River pond for free at all times.

“The whole purpose of the event is to get kids interested in getting outdoors,” said Cpl. Tyson Sanders. “And this is a real place where people can come to have fun and learn about some recreational activities that are affordable ways to enjoy the outdoors.”

The event attracted more than 200 kids as well as their parents and other adults. Youth could try archery, shooting pellet guns, throwing spears, playing games, running an obstacle course and visiting a police mobile command center.

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Prizes for the smallest and biggest fish also were given out, with the pond having been stocked with 390 fish, about four times the usual number.

Organizations participating included the Roswell Fire Department, the Roswell Police Department, the New Mexico National Guard, the New Mexico Youth Challenge Academy, Grace Community Church, local Girl Scout troops and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. Members of the Roswell Invaders baseball team were also on hand to meet with kids and sign autographs.

“It is cool to see the community come together for this,” said Sanders.