Construction has begun on the new pavilion and picnic area sponsored by the Friends group and located north of the old hatchery building.

Construction has begun on the new pavilion and picnic area sponsored by the Friends group and located north of the old hatchery building. This will be a great addition for the upcoming derbies and for our frequent guests who have lunch here regularly.

Upcoming events for 2013 are:

VETERAN’S DERBY – Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.;
SCOUTING FOR RAINBOWS – Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
KID’S DERBY – Friday, June 7, (times to be announced)
SENIOR CITIZEN DERBY (over 65 years of age) AND HANDICAPPED (of all ages), Friday, June 14, 9 a.m. to noon

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Did you know there are two geo caching sites on hatchery grounds? Geo caching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geo cache (container) hidden at that location. Check out for more information. The geocache containers have a logbook that each finder signs and some even have little treasures inside in which you are allowed to take one and leave another if you choose. Treasures like poetry, shells, rocks, feathers, etc. You can log your experiences and photos at Geocaches are located all over the world. There are several located in Neosho and they vary in size and shape.  There are 1,964,335 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide. One of our biologists found the two geocaches on hatchery grounds. The geocaches remain at their sites at all times for other finders.

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Long distance visitor of the week is Katherine Hunter from Sacramento, Calif. Local visitor of the week is Fredine Haddock, who shared some of her experiences living on upper Hearrell St. during the 1940s. When her son Eric was around six years old, he participated in one of the hatchery fishing derbies in the 40s and caught a small trout. He was so excited about the catch that he ran carrying the rod with the fish at the end of it, uphill all the way home to show it to his family. Eric and sister Deanna spent lots of time at the hatchery while their father Jim was in the service. As an adult, Eric served Neosho 20 years as city clerk. In 1924 when Fredine herself was around 10 years of age, she and sister Marcela were given special permission by Mr. Thomas, then hatchery manager, to catch the large crawdads in the ponds. They would then take the crawdads home where their mother fried the tails in a skillet and the girls ate them up as a special treat. Haddock recalls Jan. 22, 1930, when the temperature in Neosho was a minus 31 degrees. Citizens were encouraged by city officials to feed the birds and quail.

Janice Eaton is the automation clerk at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.