Remember those good ol' days when folks got around a barbeque, had kids games and maybe even had a duck race?
Well, that's exactly what's happening today at Tuttle Lake Day just north of Dolliver.
The Okamanpedan Development Association is sponsoring the event to raise money for lake improvements, to raise public awarness of the lake and for just a general all-around good time. Events will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Okamanpedan State Park.
A hog roast with freewill offering will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following that from 1-3 p.m. there will be kids games and face painting. There will also be raffle tickets and each meal ticket buys a door prize ticket. You'll also find Tuttle Lake T-shirts, sweatshirts and caps for sale.
There will also be a presentation by the Emmet County Conservation Board and another event, new this year, will be a flea market and craft show with a number of vendors already planning to attend. There will also be a number of other demonstrations and exhibits for the public.
Ending the day will be the duck race - depending on water levels - according to Bill Griese, who's helping to promote the event.
"We're hoping to have it as long as we can get guys there safely to pull out the ducks," Griese said.
"We should have a pretty good deal this year," Griese said. "This day is about people in the area out enjoying the park."
This is the only day of the year dedicated toward Tuttle Lake improvements. The Okamanpedan Development Association has taken on an enormous task - coordinating efforts in both Iowa and Minnesota to protect the East Des Moines watershed to ensure water quality in the lake. Those improvements are beginning through conservation programs.
Certainly, there's a long way to go, but what this group has accomplished given its size and resources if phenomenal.
So if you want to help preserve one of the best fishing and recreational lakes in our region, and have some fun to boot, attend Tuttle Lake Day today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.