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Cantuc Whistlers provide kids with some fun in the sun

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By Jimmie Earls

The Burg was abuzz with activity over the weekend as the Cantuc Whistlers chapter of Quail Unlimited, Inc., held its annual Kids' Day. Although temperatures were in the 90s, that didn't stop nearly 170 young ones from coming out for the free event.

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“This was our fourth year,” said Jerry Mattingly, president of the Cantuc Whistlers. “Donations play a big part in being able to do this for the kids each year.”

There was a multitude of activities for the kids. Some brought their fishing rods and found some shade by the lake, while others cooled off by using the water slide. There were safety demonstrations and the kids could also test their gun, archery and flycasting skills.

Games included a hula hoop contest, cornhole and a tug-o-war competition. Several raffles were being held to help raise money to fund the annual bash.

Mattingly said the main objective is to promote safety while giving the kids an appreciation of the outdoors and conservation.

“We try to keep the quail population plentiful in the county and preserve their habitat, but our chapter really pushes gun safety and other safety aspects. We just want to keep the kids safe, even if it means teaching them to stay away from drugs and so forth.”

The Cantuc Whistlers are always looking for more people to get involved and help bring fresh ideas into the mix.

“We work all year long to raise money,” Mattingly said. “We have a banquet every February to raise money just for the Kids' Day. What we really need are more committee members, because it's getting really hard to put this thing on.”

Mattingly said that attendance this year was down a little compared to past years, but the heat could have played a role. But those who did brave the sun seemed to have a great time with all of the activities, and the lower attendance just meant more time on the water slide for them.

To get involved with Quail Unlimited, contact Jerry Mattingly at (859) 336-7248.