Hello, from Lake Sylvia State Park. The past couple of weeks have been exciting and taxing. Last weekend we had the Kid's Fishing Derby sponsored by the local Moose Lodge. The weather wasn't the best, but we still had about 160 participants. That's down from about 400 two years ago and 250 last year. I think the last two derbies were heavily affected by the weather. However, the rules change that only provides prizes to the top ten finishers in each of four age groups probably had an affect too. In the first year that I documented, all participants received a prize. That was a terrific benefit for the kids, but was unsupportable for the Moose Lodge and the community. The prizes are significant (new bikes, fishing gear, sporting gear, etc.), so the cost was too great to continue.
Regardless, the day was still a wonderful success and one that the Moose Lodge, Montesano, Elma and the surrounding area should continue to take pride in.
We also had some excitement following the fishing derby. I had to remind a man that his dogs needed to be on a leash and under his control at all times while in the park. He didn't respond well to my reminder, so I turned the incident over to the Park Rangers. They spoke with the man, who became abusive. The Rangers in response provided him with a further reminder in the form of a ticket. (It doesn't pay to mess with Park Rangers.)
The weekend is here now and I'm up to my neck in work preparing for new arrivals. It looks as though we'll have a full park. School is out for most, if not all, kids and families are coming to the park to get away from it all and relax. Lake Sylvia is really a beautiful place to relax, so I hope they kick back, cast their lines and eat bunches of s'mores.
Bye for now. I'll write more in a day or two. I hope to see you at the park.