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Sportsmen for Youth – Youth Day 2021

It was decided in June that we would have the event this year, after missing last year because of COVID.  With little time to plan, we immediately got permission from the Muskegon County Fair Board to once again use the fairgrounds for the event. We then started contacting exhibitors, contractors, persons and organizations we were hopeful would attend this year. We found that they were as excited to participate as we were to host the event on September 11, 2021

On the Thursday before the event a group of SFY Board Members met at the fairgrounds to layout the event.  On Friday, the SFY Board Members and a host of volunteers setup canopies and prepared for the event the next day. 

On September 11, at 9 a.m. the gates were opened and the attendees started funneling through.  Each youth under the age of 17 was given a SFY t-shirt and a ticket to place in a prize bucket and a ticket for a free hotdog and bag of chips. There were approximately 70 exhibitors at the event including a trout pond, fire and EMT displays, along with fishing and hunting booths.  There were also booths for 4H, Sea Cadets, wood carvers, environmental groups, boating safety groups, a Boy Scout village and a primitive encampment.  A 35 foot aquarium on wheels was also on site and members of Mark Martins Fishing Team gave fishing seminars throughout the day. At noon all activities stopped as we paid tribute to the lives lost on September 11, 2001 with the singing of several patriotic songs, a color guard and bagpipe procession and the release of doves. We had 1844 youth and 1613 adults attend this event for a total of 3457 persons.

At 3pm the event ended and the tearing down of the event began. With the help of the Boy Scouts, Sea Cadets and other volunteers along with the SFY Board Members the majority of the work was completed in several hours.  

The SFY Board would like to thank all the people that attended Youth Day this year, the volunteers and the exhibitors. We hope you enjoyed the event and will mark your calendars for next year’s event on September 10, 2022.

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