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3rd Family Fun Festival attracts children
BY LEW VAIL
ONALASKA – Family was the key word Saturday when hundreds of kiddos were scurrying from event to event during the third annual Family Fun Festival held at Pontoons in Onalaska. Texas Parks and Wildlife had their "Game Thief" trailer there to discuss both the the good and the bad in Texas hunting. Poaching gear was on display on one side and a beautiful bald eagle among other stuffed trophies were on the other. The eagle on display was not a result of game poaching, but rather the result of a NASA disaster. When the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over East Texas in 2003, the search party recovering debris found a large piece of the shuttle and the dead eagle next to it. Somehow the large bird had become a fatality along with the crew on that day. Other exhibits and information booths were manned by volunteers from SAFFE House and Childrenz Haven. The Rainbow Girls had a game and prizes while the Master Naturalist's had fish painting and information on their latest project, a Native Aquatic Plant Restoration that will have school children and other youth organizations growing American water willow plants and placing them in Lake Livingston to provide habitat for fish fry survival and improve water quality. Representatives from the Livingston State Park joined with the Hookers Fishing Club to help youngsters learn how to cast and catch fish from a never ending "school" of fish on the grass. This is a catch and release type of program that teaches how to handle tackle and how to put fish back if you want to catch more. The Houston Live Stock Show Speakers Bureau and Judging Committee was showing the various puzzles built from spurs and bits and had their clown going around to entertain and invite Polk Countians to visit the show in March.