Youth Outdoor Fest will be held at Veterans Freedom Park, Clinton Street, La Crosse, WI Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM The La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Friends of the Upper Mississippi, and La Crosse Park and Recreation will host the 8th Annual Youth Outdoor Fest at Veterans Freedom Park on Clinton Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 9, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The event is free, equipment will be provided, and children will receive a chance to win one of 100 rod and reel combinations. Last year over 1,500 people attended the Youth Outdoor Fest with hands on learning experiences for the whole family. This year nearly 40 exhibitors and experts will attend from federal, state and local agencies, as well as local businesses and environmental clubs. Guests include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, La Crosse Park and Recreation, Chaseburg Rod and Gun Club, Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Coulee Hunting Dogs, Kicking Bear, Bluff Country Tale Spinners, Wisconsin Trappers Association, La Crosse Area Bee Keepers, Fox 25/48, Lumberjack Enterprises from Stillwater, Minnesota, and many others. Kids will have the opportunity to shoot a bow/BB gun, drive a boat, paddle a kayak or canoe, try log rolling, ride a pontoon, cast a fly rod, learn how to clean fish, see fishery biologists electrofishing, learn how to identify furs, play games and much more, all in one day. For more information, please contact Heidi Keuler (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) at 608-783-8417 or Jay Odegaard (La Crosse Park & Rec) at 608-789-7593.