Monday, May 29, 2017

2017 Pequest Open House and Sportsmen's Flea Market June 3-4

The free 2017 Pequest Open House and Sportsmen's Flea Market was rescheduled from April due to excessive snow cover and the resulting poor condition of the grounds at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, will be held June 3 and 4.

The new date coincides with National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs from June 3 – 11, and the June 10 Free Fishing Day.

Each year the Center opens its doors to the public for the annual Open House. Usually the Open House takes place the weekend before Trout Season opens. The Pequest Trout Hatchery is located in Oxford, Warren County and is free of charge all year to visit.  The Open House is held rain or shine.

Trout tank display
This event is great for people of all ages and there are many things to see and do throughout the day. The Open House allows the Division of Fish and Wildlife to show off the trout raised at the state-of-the-art facility.

Each year, thousands of people come to the hatchery to experience this event for themselves. And each year, the Division of Fish and Wildlife strives to make this a bigger event than the year before. This year is no different, and instead of just focusing on fish, we will be inviting many different outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists to join us in our celebrations.

There will be numerous environmental and conservation exhibits, historical reenactors, wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists with goods and services to sell.

Activities include fishing for kids between the ages of 4 and 16, archery ranges for those aged 10 years and above, hunter education (pre-registration required), kids' coloring corner and more.

A sportsmen's flea market will be open so you can purchase what you need to get started or to stock up for the upcoming fishing and hunting seasons.

Sportsmen's Flea Market

Food vendors will also participate or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic groves. Please leave pets at home - only service dogs are permitted on site.

The Open House is a great way for people of all ages to celebrate spring's arrival. Families, friends, scout troops, church groups, fishing clubs and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors are encouraged to spend a day at this event!

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