Webster County parks will be activities sites

Webster County parks will be busy with activity this coming weekend.

On Saturday, treasure seekers can bring their GPS units to the Prairie Resource Center at Brushy Creek Recreation Area 2820 Brushy Creek Road to participate in the Cache In Trash Out event from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event is aimed to introduce the activity of geocaching while also helping to clean up the park.

“When you’re out on the trails you can look for the caches but also pick up trash along the way,” said Erin Ford, a shared naturalist with Webster County Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources.

For those who are new to the activity or do not own a GPS, there will be a limited number available to borrow Saturday.

The Hy-Vee Half Marathon will kick off at 9 a.m. Sunday at St. Edmond High School, 201 N. 22nd St. The 13.1 mile run will make its way through the local trail systems and end at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park north of Fort Dodge.

For those who may not want to run quite a long distance, a 5K run/walk will also be held at Kennedy Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. with kids’ activities and entertainment beginning at 10 a.m. A kids’ fun run will begin at noon.

“We will have a ceremony around 11:30 for the top finishers in the marathon and the kids run will start at noon,” said Amber Kastler, the event coordinator. “The kids’ fun run was a big hit last year and we will be keeping things about the same this year.”

Proceeds from the half marathon and 5K runs will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information on the event or to register online go to fdhyveehalf.wordpress.com/. Registration is open until Thursday.

When marathon activities conclude, Webster County Conservation will be hosting its annual Spring Park Festival at Kennedy Park at 2 p.m. A variety of family activities will be available at the festival including flint knapping with guest instructor Pat Hashman from 2 to 4 p.m. Archery and atlatl dart throwing will also take place from 2 to 4.

At 4:30 p.m. there will be a chance to walk or bike the newly paved trail around the park or take a nature hike during the bike and hike and childrens nature activities will also be available.

Chili and ice cream with fresh “made in park” maple topping will be served for a free will donation and kids activities and a maple syrup demonstration will begin at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m. activities will conclude with the night prairie burn.

‘The prairie burn is always popular,” said Ford. “Not everyone understands the prairie burns but we do one every year for the park festival; it rejuvenates the prairie.”