The Chattanooga-area chapter of the Ducks Unlimited conservation organization is hosting the second annual Greenwing event – called the “Great Outdoors Festival” on Saturday, March 17. Once again the event is free for the entire family (including lunch) and will be held at the beautiful Covey Creek Farm, 2855 Cloud Springs Rd., Rossville, Ga.
After a cold, but highly successful kickoff event last year, organizers say this year’s event will be even bigger and better. Sportsman’s Warehouse of Chattanooga is the primary event sponsor. They’re putting up the lion’s share of the money so that the first 200 kids to show up at the event will get a FREE membership to the Ducks Unlimited Greenwing program, plus an awesome goodie bag full of great stuff. You can pre-register to insure your kids are included in the first 200 at this link.
Sportsman’s Warehouse will also be setting up an entire demonstration campsite and then giving it away to some lucky attendee.
Organizer Ross Malone said, “This year we have added different groups like Safari Club International (SCI) with their wildlife trailer. The folks with Outdoor Chattanooga will provide a mountain bike obstacle course kids can ride. The Str8 Shooters will provide a skeet thrower so youngsters who want to can shoot a few rounds. Plus world-champion duck caller, Buck Gardner, will be on hand.”
The free event is being organized by more than a dozen committed volunteers who say they just want to give something back to sportsmen, especially the kids.
“People are inundated with various electronics these days,” said organizer Alex Duke. “Video games, cell phones and TVs. There doesn’t seem to be a ‘Go outside and play’ mentality anymore. We live in one of the richest outdoor communities in the country. You can swim, hike, fish, hunt, rock climb, mountain bike, camp or paddleboard… all within mere minutes of downtown Chattanooga. We want to show kids some of those outdoor options.”
The event’s mission statement reads, “To share the message of conservation with youngsters in a family-friendly outdoor environment – helping inspire a passion for enjoying our natural resources and ways they can help protect them now or in the future.”
“Besides all the fun stuff to do, these events allow youngsters and families to learn about conservation practices, including hunting like my father and grandfather taught me,” said Malone. “It also demonstrates how to respect and protect the wildlife and resources in the future.”
Last year more than 100 youngsters, plus their families attended the premier event in spite of cold, rainy weather. But the event site at Covey Creek Farm provides places to hide from any precipitation and organizers will be there rain or shine.
“We’ve planned everything else down to the nth degree,” said Malone. “But the weather is the one thing that is beyond our control. We shall deal with what the good Lord provides.”
Duke added, “Last year’s weather was unfavorable at 32 degrees and sleeting, but everyone had a blast and the kids didn’t want to leave. We have learned to measure success in a multitude of ways.”
Again, the event at Covey Creek Farm, 2855 Cloud Springs Rd., Rossville, Ga. beginning at 11 am March 17 is free for the entire family (including lunch). The first 200 kids receive a FREE membership to the Ducks Unlimited Greenwing program, plus a goodie bag. You should pre-register to insure your kids are included in the first 200 at this link. But organizers say even registered attendees should show up before Noon.
Beside what’s already been mentioned, these are some of the other activities or displays that will be on hand:
– Archery provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
– Fishing opportunities and demonstrations by the Chattanooga Crappie Club and Blue Ridge Fly Fishing Shop
– A S’mores Station
– Retriever demonstrations by the East Tennessee Retriever Club
– Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources
– BB Gun Range by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
– Drone Demonstrations
– Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America
– Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation
– Tennessee Wildlife Federation
– National Wild Turkey Federation
– North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy
– Sportsman’s Warehouse
– Bass Pro Shops
– Mountain View Ford Lincoln
– Quality Tire Pros
– Bohanan Auto & Truck Parts
– Sun Drop
– Frost Cutlery
– Moon Pie
– Tony Sanders Outdoors
– CWG (Custom Werks Graphics)
– Jack’s Bait & Tackle Shop