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The 4th annual Jan Hampton Youth Conservation Night on August 5TH at this year’s Cameron County Fair was well attended. Jan passed away in 2017 and was very involved in the Cameron County Fair and her passion for teaching our young people the wonders of nature was never ending. The event is co-sponsored by Cameron County Long Beards Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation and will also be considered a Chapter JAKES event. JAKES is acronym for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship. Other Co-sponsors are Cameron County Conservation District (CCCD) and Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities (CCOYA). There were plenty of exhibitors on hand with several fun activities utilizing an Outdoor Conservation theme. Although the focus was educating our area youth, the adults had fun learning about conservation as well. Conservation organizations that plan that attended this event were Cameron County Conservation District, Cameron County Long Beards/NWTF and CCOYA. Cameron County Family Center was present with crafts and other fun activities for the little ones. Nelson Haas attended demonstrating how to make walking sticks and talk about the many uses these tools are utilized for other than hiking. Taylor Gillette was also on hand with some friendly snakes and talked about snake conservation. Rich Valley Apiary set up to introduce people to Honey Bees and the importance of Honey Bees in our natural world.


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