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Wiggle and Giggle

Lane McClellan gets ready to cast a line during the 2017 Wiggle and Giggle Kids Fishing Derby held at Hagar Lake. The event will return this May alongside numerous other spring and summer opportunities for folks to get out and active.

With the Parkland seeming to finally shake off the chill of winter, the desire to get outdoors can sometimes end with having no clear idea of what to do. Luckily, the Farmington Parks and Recreation Department has a lot of activities planned for the spring and summer this year.

Parks and Recreation Director Chris Conway said he and his staff work for months in the off-season to prepare events for the time of year when the weather is agreeable.

“We start working on these programs at the beginning of the fall and start lining them up for the spring and summer,” Conway said. “We work all winter long on getting this all together. I’m sure everybody is ready to get outside, and we’ve got a nice array of outdoor programs and some indoor programs as well to help battle that cabin fever.

“Hopefully nice weather is right around the corner and we can start getting some people outside and participating in some of these great activities we have to offer.”

Listed below are some of Farmington’s planned leagues, activities and events for folks to take part in.

Registration for the men’s church softball league is currently open and will close on April 15, with games beginning May 8. All games will be played on Tuesday nights.

On April 20-22, lifeguard certification classes will be offered at the Farmington Civic Center for individuals 16 and up. Aquatics and Fitness Program Coordinator Jake Lahay said the classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday.

“Basically, it’s a lifeguard certification that’s going to allow them to work at the waterpark or basically any other pool that accepts Starguard,” he said. “They come out of it with Starguard, lifeguard, CPR, first aid, waterpark and waterfront certifications.”

The cost for the certification classes is $125.

On April 27, the city will be hosting an Arbor Day tree planting at Veterans Park, formerly Jaycee Park at 3 p.m. Conway said the day will consist of education on planting trees.

“What we’re planning is kind of a demonstration on how to properly plant a tree,” Conway said. “We’ll have some local garden club people, as well as the mayor and hopefully our Tree Board.”

The 32nd “Wiggle and Giggle” will be hosted on May 5 at Hager Lake for kids 14 and under and their parents. Assistant Program Coordinator Pam Inman said the event will involve two age divisions for fishing, ages 2 to 7 and 8 to 14.

Registration for the event will begin at 7:30 a.m. that morning, with fishing taking place from 8 to 11 a.m., at which point prizes will be awarded in four categories: heaviest fish, longest fish, most fish caught and oddest catch.

Farmington Kiwanis Club members will be on hand, providing hot dogs, chips and cookies in the late morning.

Inman said the events sponsors this year includes Farmington Kiwanis, Taylor Funeral Service, Pepsi Cola, Missouri Department of Conservation, Little Caesars, Steak and Shake, Qdoba, CiCi’s Pizza, Pasta House, Country Mart, C-Barn, Rally’s, Harris Heating and Cooling and U.S. Tool Group.

Also on May 5 will be a “Mustache Bash” pool party for kids at the Civic Center. Lahay said kids will receive snacks and a fake mustache to wear, in addition to participation in games and live music. Registration for the event costs $5 and is open through the morning of the event.

May 12 will see the return of the Farmington Spring Triathlon for the 7th year in a row. The race will include a 300 yard serpentine swim, a 15 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run beginning at the Farmington Civic Center at 8 a.m.

Awards will be given for the top 3 male and female overall times and for the first place in each of the following age divisions: 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60+.

Individual registration fees are $40, while a team fee is $80. Race day registration will be accepted, but custom race shirts will be guaranteed if registered by April 30. The event is sponsored by First State Community Bank, Trans Am Cyclery, Parkland Health Mart and BOGO, who will be providing sandwiches after the race.

Unlike other events, participants in the Farmington Triathlon may register online by visiting www.fleetfeetstlouis.com, navigating to the St. Louis race calendar and selecting the “Farmington Sprint Tri.”

On May 19, a mother/daughter tea party will be hosted at the Centene Center. Inman said the event is for girls aged 2 to 10 and their mothers. Participants can come wearing dresses and partake in tea, finger sandwiches and pasties. There will also be crafts and games for mothers and daughters to do together and a photo booth. The deadline to register is May 14.

Registration is currently open for the city fall soccer leagues in the following divisions: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade and 5th-6th grade. Registration deadline is July 29 and games will be played August through September at Engler Park.

Registration is also open for the summer’s Fort Fun Day camps, which consists of eight individual weeks of fun and games for kids between June and July. Registration for each week’s camp will be open until the week before the specific camp begins.

Registration is $80 per week and includes weekly field trips, trips to the Farmington Water Park, sports, games, crafts and special events.

The Farmington Water Park will open on May 26 at 11 a.m.

For more information about the above events, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 573-756-0900. To register for the events, visit farmingtonmo.maxgalaxy.net/Home.aspx.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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