Sportsmen for Youth - Youth Day set for Sept. 11

The 28th annual Sportsmen for Youth – Youth Day, which is always held on the first Saturday after Labor Day, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 11, at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 2261 Heights Ravenna Road, Fruitport.

This is a free, family-friendly event to introduce youth to the many activities available to them in the great outdoors, however, only youth under 17 years of age can participate in the activities.

Persons over 17 are welcome to sit in on all the seminars.

Each youth participating will receive a t-shirt, a ticket for lunch (while supplies last) and a raffle ticket.

This year we have received commitments from approximately 60 exhibitors including the following:

• a rock climbing wall

• the Coast Guard Axillary and a vessel from Coast Guard Station, Muskegon

• the Critter Barn

• Muskegon Conservation Club

• Grand Haven Steelheaders with their fishing simulator

• Friends of Ottawa County Parks

• Jumpn’ Jupiter Skate Center

• Coopersville Sportsman’s Club

• Michigan United Conservation Club

• a reptile and a birds of prey display

• the West Michigan Walleye Club

In addition, once again there will be the trout pond, put on by Michigan Anglers Assoc., with 1000 trout to be caught.

The Hawg Trough, a 50 foot long aquarium mounted on a semi-trailer, stocked with native fish for viewing will be available. It is also used as the stage for seminars with Mark Martin and some of his fishing staff.

There will also be mentored shooting of firearms, however you need to present a Hunter Safety Certificate in order to shoot.

Attendees will be able to experience various safety exhibits, demonstrations and tours of fire trucks, EMT vehicles and law enforcement displays.

There will be a 9/11 tribute at noon.

More information on Youth Day can be found on our website at and our Facebook page.

"Please plan to spend Sportsmen for Youth – Youth Day with us on September 11, 2021. I’m sure you will have a great time," said board member John Cramblet.