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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 19, 2013 
CONTACTS:
Chris McCloud 
217-785-0075 
 
 
Visit Conservation Village at DuQuoin State Fair, Aug. 24-Sept. 2 
Fishing Programs, Outdoor Recreation Information Featured at Fair 
DUQUOIN, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) invites visitors to the DuQuoin State Fair to stop by the Conservation Village area on the DuQuoin fairgrounds for activities and information about outdoor recreation and natural resources programs in Illinois.

The Conservation Village area at the DuQuoin State Fair is open from noon until 8 p.m. each day of the fair, August 24 - September 2. 

“Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in Illinois, especially in southern Illinois, and the Conservation Village at the DuQuoin State Fair highlights many of the ways to enjoy all the outdoor fun,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. 

Information tents at Conservation Village are located in the center of the DuQuoin fairgrounds on Expo Drive just south of the Expo Hall.  Conservation Village features information and displays on outdoor recreation opportunities and IDNR programs.  Visitors to Conservation Village can talk with IDNR Conservation Police officers about the regulations and laws governing fishing, hunting, and boating in Illinois.  Hunting and fishing licenses, hunting permits, and FOID card application photos are also available. 

Visitors can register for a raffle for an outdoor adventure package.  Also featured is the beautiful “Come See What We Saw” woodwork of Bear Tracks Chainsaw Carving’s Mike and Wendy Rhodes.

Fishing programs will be conducted at the lake on the DuQuoin fairgrounds located between RV World and the Expo Building.  The IDNR Urban Fishing Program will on hand each weekday of the fair from 4 - 7 p.m., and on the weekends and Labor Day from noon - 7 p.m.  Adults and youngsters can practice their casting techniques and view fish displays. 

National Wild Turkey Federation Illinois chapter volunteers will host a BB gun range for youth to practice their shooting skills and learn more about hunting opportunities for young people.

The IDNR will also host fishing clinics for area school groups at the DuQuoin State Fair on Friday, August 30 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Each clinic will last approximately one-half hour.
 
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