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Conservation Village at DuQuoin State Fair

August 24, 2009 at 10:56 AM

DUQUOIN – Visitors to the DuQuoin State Fair are invited to stop by Conservation Village on the DuQuoin fairgrounds for information on Illinois outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources protection.

The Conservation Village area – hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) – is open from noon until 7 p.m. each day of the DuQuoin State Fair, August 29- September 7.

“From kids fishing clinics to informative displays about our state’s vast natural resources, we invite everyone to visit Conservation Village during the DuQuoin State Fair,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.  “Illinois is a great place to fish, hunt, trail ride, hike and camp.  Stop by Conservation Village and see for yourself how conservation programs are working.”

Information tents at Conservation Village are located in the center of the DuQuoin fairgrounds on Expo Drive just south of the Expo Hall.  Conservation Village will feature information and displays on a wide array of IDNR programs and outdoor recreation opportunities.  Visitors will have a chance to talk to natural resources professionals about state wildlife, fisheries, forestry, parks, restoration ecology, mines and minerals, and other programs.

Visitors to Conservation Village can also talk with IDNR Conservation Police Officers about the regulations and laws governing fishing, hunting, and boating in Illinois.

Also featured will be the beautiful woodwork of “Come See What We Saw” Bear Tracks Chainsaw Carving by Mike and Wendy Rhodes.

Youngsters will want to stop by the lake on the DuQuoin fairgrounds located between RV World and the Expo Building where the IDNR Urban Fishing Program will host kids casting clinics during the fair.  The clinics are scheduled for each weekday of the fair from 4 - 7 p.m. and on the weekends and Labor Day from noon - 7 p.m.  Adults and youngsters can practice their casting techniques and view fish displays.

The IDNR will also host fishing clinics for area school groups at the DuQuoin State Fair on Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 2 - 4, from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. each day.  Each clinic will last approximately one-half hour.

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