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By Caitlin R. King
Despite the high temperatures and heat advisories, the 33rd annual Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair drew a massive crowd on Saturday, June 11, at Pere Marquette State Park. This year’s fair marks the first held in June since 2018. Flooding in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 prevented Pere Marquette State Park and Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge from putting on the classic event in its normal time slot. The Fishing Fair was last held in October of 2021.
The event is hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), and Pere Marquette State Park (administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources).
“Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to continue to offer this free event. We are very fortunate to have the support of the Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery as a Premier Sponsor, along with Farm and Home Supply, the Jersey County Board, Walmart, State Farm Insurance of Jerseyville and Carrollton, and many others,” said Scott Isringhausen, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Urban Fishing Coordinator.
“We want to get kids to get hooked on fishing, and the Family Fishing Fair helps connect kids and families to fun outdoor activities,” Isringhausen added.
Information about next year’s fishing fair will be announced in early 2023.