By Melanie Williamson
On Saturday, September 8, the Lorain County Metroparks hosted their annual Adventure Fest at Vermilion River Reservation. This one-day event gave children an opportunity to try a variety of new things from kayaking and fishing to knot tying and panning for gold. There was live music, crafts, and activities for all ages as adults were able to join in and learn new things.
While the rainy weather prevented some of the planned activities such as archery and rock climbing, it didn’t stop families from traveling from all over Lorain County to Vermilion for this event. The activities started at the Carriage Barn where children were given free bike helmets and a passport of activities for the day. As they tried each activity, volunteers were on hand to stamp their passport. Once they completed at least eight of the nine activities on the passport, they received a prize.
In addition to learning about new outdoor activities, families were able to ride the Little Green Choo, meet some real sled dogs, and the younger visitors got pony rides. There were representatives set up from local organizations such as the Girl Scouts and the local woodcarvers group, as well as many opportunities to talk to park volunteers and learn new things.
The entire event was free and gave parents and grandparents a great opportunity to make the most out of an otherwise dreary day.