DNR seeks U.P. volunteers

ESCANABA -With Michigan’s annual U.P. State Fair is right around the corner, Aug. 11-17 in Escanaba, the Department of Natural Resources is looking for avid hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts interested in lending a hand to share their skills with a new generation.

At the DNR’s Pocket Park, found just past gate No. 1 at the fairgrounds, volunteers will join DNR staff during the state fair to help kids learn to fish, shoot a pellet gun or take aim with a bow and arrow.

“Volunteers are instrumental in providing this fun, outdoor recreation opportunity for thousands of kids and their families each year, and their dedication to this program is greatly appreciated,” said Janet Canode, education specialist with the DNR’s Marketing and Outreach Division.

“We hear from our volunteers and other customers how important it is to reach out to youth to instill an appreciation for Michigan’s great outdoors at a young age. I can’t think of a better way to do that than spending a few hours with kids, sharing your knowledge and helping them get started the right way.”

Pocket Park volunteer shifts are available during each day of the fair. All volunteers will receive a free lunch and commemorative T-shirt for their help. Volunteers will need to pass a DNR background check before participating.

To sign up or learn more about volunteering with the DNR at the U.P. State Fair, contact Janet Canode at (517) 284-6033 or canodej@michigan.gov. The deadline to sign up for a volunteer shift is Thursday, July 31.

The U.P State Fairgrounds are located at 2401 12th Ave. North, in Escanaba.

The fair is now governed by the Upper Peninsula State Fair Authority with representatives from all 15 U.P. counties and the Hannahville Indian Community.

For more information about the fair, visit www.upstatefair.org.