CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C.- The Annual Scott Hogsed Youth Conservation and Education Day will be held on August 26, 2017 on Caddyshack Road in Brasstown, NC. This event is hosted by the NC Cooperative Extension 4-H Program, and is intended to educate children on outdoor activities. All youth ages 5-18 are welcome to attend this free event with a parental chaperone. Please preregister at http://www.scotthogsedyouthday.com/p/blog-page.html. Gates open at 7:30 a.m., the opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m., and event booths open at 9 a.m.
Jeff Johnson and Gary Jones will be featured presenters this year. Jeff will present the younger children with his dogs and instruction on small game birds. Gary will present the older youth with a lesson in taxidermy. The National Guard will also offer a climbing wall and low ropes course. A free, wild game lunch will also be provided. Each child who attends will receive a free t-shirt and a goody bag and a chance to win some great prizes.
This day originated with some hunters, anglers and youth group leaders, deciding to organize an event that would get kids away from video games and television and show them the beauty and opportunities of the outdoors. The first Annual Youth Conservation and Education Day was held in 2005, to honor Scott Hogsed. Scott was an enthusiastic, energetic 14-year-old who spent as much time as he could hunting and fishing. He lost his life in a vehicle accident returning from a camping trip in 1984.
Each year, the event honors a different youth who loved the outdoors. This year’s event honors Shannon Christy, extreme kayaker and outdoor enthusiast. Shannon was from Andrews, NC, and died in 2013, at 23, doing what she loved the most, kayaking. She loved to fish and spend time with her family, but most of all she loved kayaking. She could light up a room with her smile.
If you would like to make a donation, please contact Sam Hogsed at 828-361-2117 or go to the GO FUND ME Page: https://www.gofundme.com/scott-hogsed-youth-conservation-day
Donations of wild meat are also needed for the wild game lunch. Please consider donating any leftover wild meat from hunting to this event.
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