A day to celebrate the great outdoors
NEW LONDON -- The 28th Annual Prairie Pothole Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 at Stoney Ridge Farm near New London.
Prairie Pothole Day, sponsored by the Prairie Pothole chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association, will also be held alongside Sibley State Park Outreach Day. The park is next to Stoney Ridge Farm. Parking is available at both venues.
Headlining Prairie Pothole Day is Mark Dukart, owner of Illusion Calls, which makes high-end duck and goose calls. "Duke" Dukart will be holding seminars at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dukart holds several patents in the hunting industry.
Demonstrations and sampling of "Mancave Grilling" will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Mark Brendemuehl will hold a seminar on waterfowl hunting tactics at noon. Brendemuehl, who lives in Kerkhoven, is a pro-staff flyway manager for Avery Outdoors.
The popular "Dock Dogs" trials will be held at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Also scheduled are clay and trap shooting, a 3-D archery course, and events for children, including a BB gun shoot, archery shoot and rock-climbing wall.
Sibley State Park
Sibley State Park will have its annual outreach day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Parking is free and no permit will be required. The outreach day is held in conjunction with Prairie Pothole Day, which is held about a mile north of the park entrance at Stoney Ridge Farm on U.S. Highway 71.
Most of the programs will be at the Interpretive Center. The schedule for the day is:
Pat Boros Trail Run: 8:30 a.m. Run starts from Cedar Hill Picnic Area.
Pontoon rides: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free pontoon rides on Lake Andrew.
Geocaching, High Tech Treasure Hunt: 10 a.m. Join this high tech treasure hunt and learn the basics of this new worldwide recreational sport.
Kids fish and fishing program: 11 a.m. Bring parents and learn how to identify fish, make fish prints and your very own fishing lure.
Granite, Oak and Men: 11 a.m. The park naturalist will use a PowerPoint presentation and talk to explore the work and lives of the men of Sibley's Three Bears Camp.
Fiddlers "jam" session: 1 p.m. Join the Coffee Shop Fiddlers at the Interpretive Center .
Snakes of Sibley: 3 p.m. Join the naturalist enter into the snake's world with this live snake demonstration.