By Jose Zapata, Landmark Inn Site Manager
On February 25, Landmark Inn State Historic Site hosted the 16th annual Kid Fish, sponsored by the Friends of the Landmark Inn. Several Friends members were in attendance to hand out hot cocoa and cookies. The day started off a bit chilly, but this didn’t seem to bother the children one bit.
The Landmark Inn staff was assisted by friends and family, as well as staff from Academy Sports & Outdoors (Loop 1604 & Potranco Road in San Antonio) and Time-Warner Cable of San Antonio. Area vendors donated t-shirts and food for the volunteers, as well as door prizes consisting of rod and reel sets, fishing tackle, free meals, and gift cards.
A total of 277 children participated this year, which was held in the mill stream that had been stocked with 1,000 rainbow trout. Boy Scout Troop 471 of Rio Medina provided the cane poles and bait, and assisted the children with baiting and collecting the fish that were caught.
A tent was set up in the waiting area, where the children learned about and played with old-fashioned toys and games. Young and old enjoyed walking around with stilts and playing with spindle tops. Old favorites like the ring toss and jump rope were also popular. Girl Scout Troop 76 of Castroville assisted with these activities.
Landmark Inn State Historic Site is located in Castroville, approximately 20 miles west of San Antonio, in the Texas Hill Country Trail Region.