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Great Outdoor Games Notebook

Activities for July 9-11

by: ESPN Outdoors,

(Jul. 09, 2004 - MADISON, WI.) [b]FREE KIDS FISHING ACTIVITY[/b] BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, will offer a hands-on kids‚ fishing activity at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge in Madison, Wis. Children in attendance can learn a little about the sport of fishing and be introduced to some simple techniques. Organized by the BASS Federation with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the activity will give children the opportunity to participate Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11 from 3:30 p.m. until dark. They will be fishing with live worms in a small pond stocked with bluegill and bream by the Wisconsin DNR. BASS Youth Manager Stacy Twiggs has prepared the area with rods and, along with some volunteers, including 2003 CastingKids National Champion Jonny Schultz, will work with the children to introduce basics and present some tips to those who may have fished before. Since this will be a purely instructional activity, any fish caught will be released back into the water. The activity is free and open to any interested children who visit the Base Camp area. Admission to the Games is free. [b]TWO-SPORT STAR[/b] Randy Hendrix is no stranger to the Great Outdoor Games. The Clemmons, N.C., resident has competed in target sports the past four years. From 2001-2004, Hendrix qualified to compete in both archery and rifle, leaving with three gold medals in archery. Rarely has an athlete demonstrated such consistent high-level performance in two sports. He has been hard at work preparing for this year, mostly concentrating on rifle targets with an objective in place. "I would like to place in the top 4 in rifle this year," Hendrix said. Hendrix will compete in archery from 2-4 p.m. Friday and in rifle from 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday. [b]FREE SHUTTLE[/b] Great Outdoor Games fans who park at the Alliant Energy Center can take advantage of a free shuttle to Art Fair on the Square on Saturday, July 10 from 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 11 from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The shuttles will run every 10 minutes except for Saturday evening after 6 p.m., when they will run every 15 minutes. They will pick up at the Alliant Energy Center stop on Fairgrounds Drive next to Ag. Building 4 and at Capitol Square on the southeast corner of Doty and Pinckney streets. [b]INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCES[/b] Unlike most competitors in this year's shotgun competition, Andy Duffy brings a competitive background steeped in old English shooting traditions. Duffy, a New York native now living in Polson, Mont., has competed and won a number of shoots in England. He says the English shooting form is classic, the targets typically more technical and demanding, and the competitors more experienced. Despite the many different styles and pedigrees on display at the Great Outdoor Games, Duffy said, "The shooters here are every bit as good." For more information about the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge, call (608)256-1463.