Trout production and stocking will be the focus of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's exhibit at the Mountain State Fair, which runs from Sept. 9-16. The "Sow it, Grow It, Show It" exhibit will showcase the state's largest trout fish hatchery — the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery, which is located in Pisgah Forest. Visitors to the exhibit can learn about the life cycle stages of trout. They also can see how the hatchery cares for its fish — from egg, to fry to stockable-size trout — and find out where the agency stocks trout in western North Carolina.
At the State Record station, exhibit visitors can try their luck at "landing" a state record freshwater fish – from a lunker largemouth to an enormous catfish. While at the exhibit, visitors can pick up this year's Wildlife in North Carolina magazine button – a free, traditional State Fair keepsake, which depicts a freshwater mussel. On weekends only, visitors who purchase or renew a subscription to Wildlife in North Carolina, the agency's flagship publication, will be entered into a drawing to win a 65-quart YETI cooler.
The exhibit will highlight education programs at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, current wildlife research and projects conducted by the Commission, and information about fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife watching and other outdoor-related opportunities available in North Carolina.
The agency's exhibit will be located in the Davis Center exhibition building on the grounds of Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, in Fletcher, which is just west of Asheville. The Commission's exhibit will open from 3-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., Friday through Sunday, except Sunday, Sept. 20, when the exhibit will close at 9 p.m.
Find out more about the Mountain State Fair, including daily schedules, opening and closing hours, pricing and directions, by visiting www.mountainfair.org, or calling 828-687-1414.
For more information about the Wildlife Commission, visit www.ncwildlife.org