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Ihave so many good me­mories of sum­mer from my child­hood. I was for­tu­nate to have a fam­ily that loved to travel and dur­ing those sum­mer fam­ily va­ca­tions I was able to see and do things that I will re­mem­ber for­ever — Dis­ney World, Las Ve­gas, ski­ing in Colorado, cruises across the ocean. But a lot of my fond­est me­mories are from sum­mer­time right here in Arkansas.

One mem­ory that re­ally sticks out is the time my mom, dad, brother and I went fish­ing on Lake Oua­chita. I couldn't have been more than 12 years old. We each had our fish­ing poles and our own cor­ners of the boat to cast from, and I got hooked on some­thing big. A hu­mon­gous fish. I was fight­ing to keep up­right in the boat, this mas­sive fish threat­en­ing to pull me into the lake. The spot­light was put di­rectly on me with my whole fam­ily watch­ing me — I had to get this fish into the boat so I could be­gin my gloat­ing.

Af­ter what seemed like an hour of strug­gling, I fi­nally reeled it in. What I thought was go­ing to be din­ner turned out to be a 4-foot­long fish wind­sock. A wind­sock shaped like a fish. And I had some­how man­aged to hook the wind­sock right in its mouth like a real fish. My fam­ily still laughs about that to this day, and we still pull out the pictures from time to time of me hold­ing up my 4-foot-long wind­sock fish for the cam­era.

The first day of sum­mer is June 20 and there are hun­dreds of things to do in this city to make your own me­mories with fam­ily and friends.

Beau­ti­ful Lake Oua­chita of­fers ev­ery­thing out­doors, from fish­ing, camp­ing and swim­ming to hik­ing and bik­ing, and through July 31 an­glers have the op­por­tu­nity to catch tagged fish that can be re­deemed for cash prizes, in­clud­ing “Big Al,” worth $10,000.

The award-win­ning Mid-Amer­ica Sci­ence Mu­seum will host its fourth an­nual Tinkerfest on June 18 and the Arkansas State HOG Rally will roll back into the Spa City June 23-25.

With so much to do in our own back­yards, why not plan a fam­ily “stay­ca­tion” and be home in time for din­ner?

Have a good sum­mer!

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