All Hands on Deck
September 24, 2018
Despite Heavy rains on Saturday that limited attendees to the two-day event officials are calling the thirty-first addition of Hunting and Fishing Days at John A. Logan College a huge success. The event brought in over 30,000 visitors to the Carterville campus including the honorary one millionth visitor, Tammy McClure of West Frankfort. Rains couldn’t dampen the spirits of outdoor enthusiast and Turtle Man fans on Saturdays where several waited in line for over 3 hours to meet the former Animal Planet TV star.
In order to pull off an event of this magnitude, in the middle of a busy fall semester required an all hands on deck approach from a cross section of staff at the College. This year’s event required individuals to take on additional responsibilities due to the retirement of long-time organizers Dwight Hoffard and Ron Allen.
“Planning and logistics, schedules, promotion and set up all required an extra level of effort this year,” said Dr. Barry Hancock, who was taken over as the coordinator of Hunting and Fishing Days. “Everyone really stepped-up and rolled-up their sleeves to do both the little and big things that allowed us to successfully pull off such a large event.”
Hancock added that in addition to the months of planning by committee members the College’s Building and Grounds staff work nearly around the clock the week of the event to transform the campus.
“Vendors and visitors alike commented on how clean and maintained the campus was, which shows just how hard the staff worked to accommodate over 30,000 people over the two days,” said Hancock.
College President Dr. Ron House has worked closely with the committee throughout the planning process and was confident that the event would be an overwhelming success.
“I have learned a lot about Hunting and Fishing Days over the past couple of months,” said House. “Most of which I learned from working with this committee that works mostly behind the scenes. Their commitment to the success of Hunting and Fishing Days was evident throughout the weekend.”
Despite damp conditions on Saturday over 10,000 individuals braved the weather to meet the Turtle Man and see what over 150 vendors had to offer. Sunday was highlighted by the one millionth visitor being honored and favorable weather conditions that brought out over 20,000 people that crowded the McDonald’s kids fishing hole and visited with Abraham Lincoln. Title sponsor Black Diamond RV was busy both days as they showcased several models of their line of recreational vehicles. The 2019 celebration of Hunting and Fishing Days is currently scheduled for September 28 and 29.