Spaces Still Available for Families at Fishing Festivals Over Labor Day Weekend
Harrisburg, PA – The Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, but there is still time for families to register for one of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) six Fishing Festivals to be held around the state. So far, more than 400 individuals have signed up for the events, which will be held at state parks in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of interest in the programs,” said Carl Richardson, PFBC manager of Education and Outreach. “Four of the regions have a lot of people signed up. The northwest region around Erie and Crawford counties and the northern tier area near Wellsboro still have a number of spaces open. We’re hopeful that more families will sign up this week for those two programs.”
On Saturday, Sept. 3, the PFBC will host Family Fishing Festivals at six locations in Pennsylvania. And on Labor Day, Monday Sept. 5, it’s the Commission’s second Fish-for-Free Day for 2011. This day allows anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish with no fishing license required on all Pennsylvania’s waterways on this day. All other fishing regulations still apply.
The festivals will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at six locations:
NW Region: Pymatuning State Park, Linesville, Crawford County
SW Region: Raccoon Creek State Park, Hookstown, Beaver County
NC Region: Hills Creek State Park, Wellsboro, Tioga County
SC Region: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardners, Cumberland County
NE Region: Frances Slocum State Park, Wyoming, Luzerne County
SE Region: Marsh Creek State Park, Downingtown, Chester County
The fishing license requirement is waived for registered festival participants 16 and older. The program is open to all ages. However, the program is designed for children ages 5 and older. All equipment, bait and tackle will be provided.
Space is limited at the event, so pre-registration is required. Deadline for registration is Aug. 31, and there will be no registration taken the day of the event.
Visit www.fishandboat.com/fishforfree.htm to register and learn more about these events and Labor Day’s Fish-for-Free Day. Don’t forget that Monday Sept. 5, is Fish-for-Free Day on all Pennsylvania’s waterways.