Early June might mean a lot of things to people, but some in Roswell welcome it as the month that brings Outdoor Adventure Day to the Spring River Park and Zoo.
For the fourth year, the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, the Sunrise Optimist Club and other local organizations coordinated the event to encourage families to spend some time together enjoying outdoor activities.
This Saturday, about 172 children under the age of 11 registered for fishing and for prize drawings, with most accompanied by several family members.
The event occurs in conjunction with the statewide Free Fishing Day, where people can fish without licenses in public waters. The state holds that every year as part of National Boating and Fishing Month. At the Spring River fishing spot, children under 11 can fish without a license on any day.
Outdoor Adventure Day included archery contests, pellet gun shooting, simulated rides on off-highway vehicles, lunch, T-shirts for kids, a child’s obstacle course set up by the Roswell Fire Department and opportunities to talk with officers and look at vehicles from the Roswell Police Department, the New Mexico National Guard and the New Mexico State Police.
The biggest fish caught by about 11:30 a.m., 30 minutes before the event was due to end, weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces. A girl and a boy catching the largest fish in their group won a big prize that included bikes, tents, sleeping bags, fishing poles and tackles. Fishing poles and some other prizes also went to the boy and the girl catching the smallest fish in their category. Shortly before the event was due to end at noon, a boy had the smallest catch on record at 140 millimeters.