Halloween at the Hatchery scheduled for October 27
Oct. 18—Families are in for a treat on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the annual “Halloween at the Hatchery” event hosted by the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. The annual event provides a safe place to grab tricks or treats while raising funds for three local beneficiaries, The Rainbow Room, East Texas Crisis Center and the Athens High School Fishing Team.
The outdoor event will include games for the whole family, photo ops and activities from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Local businesses and organizations will be handing out free candy at kiosks located around TFFC’s recreational fishing ponds and trails.
“We are thrilled to once again be able to host this family-friendly fall event here at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center,” said TFFC Director Tom Lang. “October outdoors, smiling kids making great memories and everyone coming together to help local nonprofits serve the community – that’s a great combination in my book.”
Halloween admission to The Hatchery is just $1 cash per person, and all proceeds will benefit the three local nonprofits.
Cheaters can access the event from three areas, including the Welcome Center entrance, the Bus and Trailer parking gate, and the Overflow parking gate. Additional parking is close to the Fisherman’s Lodge and is located on Peninsula Point Road.
On the day of the event, the TFFC will be open during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will reopen at 6 p.m. No one will be admitted between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and no animals are allowed. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Event support comes from vendors such as 5H Shooting Sports, Acme Brick, Henderson County 4-H, Shellie Nicole Photography, UT Health Athens, Aaron’s, City of Athens, Dairy Queen – Athens, Express Employment, Heaton Eye Associates, Henderson County Help Center, Integrity Urgent Care, Mary Kay, Roberts Roofing and Construction, Simmons Bank, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative, Topline Visions, VFW 7103 and many more.
Companies or organizations interested in reserving a booth for the event can contact Katie Birk at 903-676-2277.
Located in Athens, TFFC includes a working fish hatchery, 300,000 gallons of aquariums focused on the state’s underwater wildlife, recreational fishing ponds, and fisheries science exhibits. It is home to the Toyota ShareLunker program, which invites anglers to donate largemouth bass over 13 pounds for research and breeding purposes. TFFC is also home to the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, which honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to freshwater fishing in Texas.
The Texas Game Warden Museum, where visitors can learn about the organization’s history and current TPWD game warden operations, is also located at the TFFC. Additionally, TFFC hosts the annual Texas Fish Art Competition, part of a conservation education program designed to spark student imaginations while providing valuable lessons about fish and the importance Texas Aquatic Resources Conservancy.
TFFC’s current hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For more information about TFFC and to plan your visit, check out the TFFC website and Facebook page.