Outdoor Fun at the Farm

jakes dayPASSUMPSIC - An opportunity for kids to learn and play was the focus of Jakes day at the Bunnell Farm in Passumpsic.

Juniors acquiring knowledge, ethics, and sportsmanship, or JAKES, is an event that is designed to help build knowledge and awareness of the outdoors and outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.

 

 

"We wanted to bring the youth into the realm of conservation and hunting and you know all the outdoor activities we've been able to enjoy as adults," said Tom Corey, the VP of the North Country Longspurs.

This year marks the 21st year of the event that has been held each time at the Bunnell Farm in Passumpsic.

On Saturday, September, 16 the day kicked off with families from all over gathering around the Bunnell Farm pond to cast for fish. Throughout the day events were held that allowed for attendees to learn survival tips, gun safety, and conservation,

"It teaches you a bunch of safety tips so you don't get lost in the forest, how to use a compass and that stuff," said Owen Marcotte.

For many though, it was more than that.

"It's like waking up on Christmas almost except you get to come to this event and shoot guns and go fishing," said Aden Marcotte.

Last years event saw more girls than boys and Corey says that they are just as important, "Women are a very important part of the outdoors and our hunting and shooting community."

With 30% more people attending the event this year, many volunteers were on hand to help out. But it was worth all the hard work to see the kids smile.

"It's a lot of work but I'll sum it up to this. At the end of the day when one child comes up and says thank you, that's what it's all about," said Rockey Bunnell, President of the North Country Longspurs.

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