Fall Family Events at Lake D’Arbonne State Park

Lake D’Arbonne State Park is offering special events for a month to encourage families to come and enjoy the park.

Here’s the schedule of events:

Oct. 9 — Take-A-Kid Mountain Biking. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Kids should bring their own bike to ride. Special trails and games will be set-up and four new bikes will be given away. Also, the first 20 kids will receive a free helmet.

Oct. 15 — Square Dancing Party. The local square dance club will teach visitors how to dance. Starts at 7 p.m. at the pavilion located in the campground area.

Oct. 16 — Regional Dutch Oven Gathering. Come early and stay late. Learn to cook “dutch oven style.” Local bluegrass musicians will be entertaining. All bluegrass bands are welcome to come for a day of outdoor relaxation.

Oct. 16 — XMA Adventure Trail Run. Extreme Missionary Adventures support missions all over the world. A donation to this cause is the entry fee. A 5K and 10K Trail Run starts at 7 a.m. For more information, go to www.xmaonline.com.

Oct. 16th — Union Parish Humane Society Poker Run. This fundraiser poker run being held for the benefit of our four-legged friends, will conclude in the park at Pavilion IV. Refreshments will be available. For more information, or to make a donation to the humane society, contact Terri Pratt, 292-2705.

Oct. 23 — Costumes, Camping, Canoe-Kayaking. Set up tents on Saturday for overnight camp-out. Begins at 6 p.m. for a campfire meal. Afterwards put on costumes for a spooky moonlight kayak ride. For more information, go to www.darbonnekayak@gmail.com.

Oct. 30 — Archaeology Day in the Park. Special guest Dennis Jones from the Division of Archaeology and local “archaeological gurus”‘ Fred Stewart and James Harty, will help identify any archaeological objects belonging to visitors. Bring items to have identified. A special excavation site will be set up for the kids so that they may benefit from some ‘hands on’ archaeological experience.

Oct. 30 — Halloween Hayride. The park will holds its annual Trick or Treat Hayride in the Park starting at 6 p.m. Departs from the visitor center and circles through the campground and cabin area for trick or treating and returns to Pavilion III for spooky story telling. Dress in Halloween costume.

More information at The New Star

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