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Biggest day for outdoors in region

NEW LONDON -- There are so many things to see and do every year at Prairie Pothole Day and the Sibley State Park Open House, that going one year isn't enough.

There are only so many hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) to take in the seminars, pontoon rides, naturalist programs and demonstrations that both events offer. And each season, the Prairie Pothole chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and the employees of Sibley State Park work to get new, exciting things to offer.

The 2007 version is no exception. Prairie Pothole Day is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a lot tried-and-tested events popular with everyone.

Located on U.S. Highway 71, 1/8 mile south of the Minnesota Highway 9 junction, Stoney Ridge Farm will again host a demonstration from "The Game Gourmet", Chef John Schumacher, as he shows off the secrets to preparing wild game.

There will also be the ever-popular dog trials and retrieving trials, plus trap shooting, sporting clays, a 3-D archery course, a black powder shoot and a nature walk. Add to that all the exhibits of wildlife art, taxidermy, decoy carving and seminars.

But don't forget about Sibley State Park. Let's Go Fishing is sponsoring pontoon rides from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the fishing pier.

A concert by Coffee Shop Fiddlers will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sibley will also hold naturalist programs at 10 a.m. (The Loon, Minnesota's State Bird) and 2 p.m. (The Bald Eagle).

There will also be a number of businesses with recreation themes there with their products, including motor homes and trailers, boats, tents and camping accessories, bicycles and ice fishing houses. The Camping, Boat, Ice House and Bike Show will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Parking and admission is free to both events.