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Outdoor Fitness Festival to be Held in Fall; Media Challenge Held Tuesday

The 3rd Annual Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival is this fall, and to highlight what the event will offer, a press conference was held today (6/2) at Lake Springfield. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky was there and has this report…

The Outdoor Fitness Festival will run October 17th thru November 1st at several locations in Southwest Missouri. This year’s event will be bigger and will offer more events than last year’s, which drew a crowd of 5,638 participants from 38 states, Great Britain and Australia. Martin McDonald is spokesman for Bass Pro…

"In 2009 we're adding a 3rd weekend, which is going to be the Outdoor Fitness Festival Outdoor Days being held right here. Outdoor Days will include opportunities for family camping right here, a pre-1840 Mountain Man Rendezvous, a 4-H Outdoor Skills Village, a Wonders of Wildlife Outdoor Skills Village and much much more."

Usually the media stand around, listen to speakers and ask questions at press conferences—but not today.

"Are you ready media?"

As part of today’s event, members of the local media, including this reporter, took part in a media challenge. Even though I’m not going to be a contender in any of the Outdoor Fitness Festival events, I did agree, along with fellow KSMUer Mike Smith, to take part in the challenge.We had to paddle a canoe into the lake and around a bouy, which didn’t prove too difficult, cast a line into floating hoola hoops, which DID, set up and tear down a tent—were were experts at that except for stuffing said tent back into its tiny bag and light a fire over which were roasted marshmallows, made s’mores and stuffed them in our mouths.All of this was in the intense—nearly summer—heat. We didn’t place, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. For today, anyway, KSMU was my source for getting hot and sweaty, tired and maybe just a tiny bit fitter. For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.

Photo Credit: Alex Crowder Photo Credit: Alex Crowder Photo Credit: Alex Crowder KSMU's Mike Smith participated in the Media Outdoor Adventure Challenge.  (Photo Credit: Alex Crowder) Photo Credit: Alex Crowder Photo Credit: Alex Crowder Photo Credit: Alex Crowder KSMU's Michele Skalicky participated in the Media Outdoor Adventure Challenge.  (Photo Credit: Alex Crowder)(Photo Credit: Alex Crowder) Photo Credit: Alex Crowder Photo Credit: Alex Crowder KSMU's Mike Smith and Michele Skalicky participated in the Media Outdoor Adventure Challenge.  (Photo Credit: Alex Crowder) Photo Credit: Alex Crowder KSMU's Michele Skalicky participated in the Media Outdoor Adventure Challenge.  (Photo Credit: Alex Crowder) KSMU's Mike Smith and Michele Skalicky participated in the Media Outdoor Adventure Challenge.  (Photo Credit: Alex Crowder)