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July 30, 2013

WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- The 2013 Wisconsin State Fair kicks off this week in West Allis and the Department of Natural Resources has a lot of new things for the entire family to enjoy.

Start at the front desk where adults can pick up hunting and fishing licenses, trail passes and state park stickers, while kids can grab materials for their DNR Park scavenger hunt. Search with them for items in the DNR exhibit area such as an aquatic invasive crime scene, an insect that lives in water and a fish with a nose like a paddle.

Then, take the quiet path to Smokey's Schoolhouse. Here, kids learn a lesson from Smokey Bear about the differences between good fires and bad fires, how to build a safe campfire and the importance of giving matches or lighters to an adult.

One of the most popular displays in DNR Park is fisheries management. In addition to the fish tanks, fair visitors can check out the new fishing pier. Visitors who bring their camera can snap a picture of family and friends with a giant northern pike or a plethora of panfish. Want to learn more about how to wet a line? Check out the casting clinics each day from 3-5 p.m.

Spritz the Water Drop is making his first appearance at the fair this year.
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New to the fair this year is Spritz, the water drop at the drinking and groundwater display. Spritz knows all about saving water. DNR water experts will hand out faucet aerators, toilet leak detection tablets and other tools to help you be water-wise in your home. While you are visiting, try out the high efficiency faucets and showerheads in our display.

Archery is available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
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Youngsters age seven and older can visit the National Archery in the Schools Program tent where they will get a hands-on introduction to target archery. The tent has expanded hours this year, opening at 10 a.m. each day and running until at least 6 p.m. All equipment is provided.

Check out live native animals at the Natural Heritage Conservation display. Learn about beautiful natural areas that you can visit and identify ways you can get involved to save Wisconsin's rare species and habitats.

Stop and visit the Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine at the State Fair. Let your friends and family know that the first 1,000 visitors to purchase a new subscription or new gift subscription will receive a free canvas tote bag.

Wrap up your visit with a stop at the DNR activity tent where the kids can unleash their creativity by putting stamp-to-paint-to-fabric at the T-shirt printing table. It's a souvenir they'll take home and cherish for years to come. The exhibit is coordinated and staffed every year by InterFaith, a group of retired senior volunteers.

There is a lot more to do at DNR Park at the Wisconsin State Fair. DNR Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For a map, directions, and more, search the DNR website, keyword "State Fair."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Trish Ossmann, DNR office of communications - 920-360-3252

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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