WINDSOR, IL – Youth 16 and under can experience a variety of outdoors activities and compete for “Top Gun” honors at the annual “Links to the Future Youth Festival” at Wolf Creek State Park on Lake Shelbyville on Saturday, May 17.
The festival, in its 13th year, features archery, fishing, trap shooting, slingshot shooting, and other skills competitions. Expert instruction is also presented on hunting, trapping, habitat enhancement, wildlife conservation, and outdoors recreation safety. Activities are scheduled from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
“The Links to Future Festival is just that – a way for those of us who enjoy the outdoors to provide a link to the next generation – youth who might be interested in having fun outdoors,” said Richard Glazebrook, site superintendent at Wolf Creek State Park and Eagle Creek State Recreation Area. “Kids interested in outdoor recreation sometimes don’t have a chance to experience fishing, archery, and trap shooting. This festival links central Illinois youth to activities they can enjoy for a lifetime.”
A popular part of the annual festival is the “Top Gun” competition involving six challenges testing the outdoors skills of competing youth to determine the “Top Gun” award winner. Advance registration is required to compete in the “Top Gun” events.
For more information about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, or to register a youth for the “Top Gun” competition, contact the Eagle Creek State Recreation Area. Call the site office at (217) 756-8260 or e-mail Richard Glazebrook: Richard.Glazebrook@Illinois.gov.