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Fall Family Fishing Festival 2018
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) I FISH NY Program and Freshwater Fisheries Unit and the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) are pleased to announce the annual Fall Family Fishing & Children's Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park on Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Festival activities include spin-casting and fly-fishing instruction, casting practice, loaner rods, free bait, and fish-cleaning services. In addition to fishing opportunities, there will be face painting, a children's casting for pumpkins contest, live animal show, and much more. A display area will be set up by Trout Unlimited, DEC Environmental Education, New York State Parks, as well as other fishing and environmental organizations.
The fishing license requirement for all anglers over the age of 16 is suspended for this festival, and admission and parking are free.
The children's casting for pumpkins contest will be ongoing or as long as pumpkins last, during which kids can catch a pumpkin or "hook" a prize. Casting contest prizes are provided by I FISH NY, State Parks, The Fisherman Magazine, Knights of Columbus of Seaford, and Dick's Sporting Goods.
For more information about the festival or weather concerns, please call DEC's I FISH NY at (631) 444-0283 or Hempstead Lake State Park (516) 766-1029 for event status. There is no rain date for this event.