Residents from all over the area visited the oldest federal fish hatchery in operation.
Sunday was the Neosho National Fish Hatchery’s annual open house.
Residents could feed fish, grab a free lunch, listen to live music in the visitor’s center, and take tours of the facility.
The Missouri Department of Conservation Was also there to give away trees to the public.
Management is very excited to see so many people interested in what the fish hatchery does.
Roderick May, Neosho National Fish Hatchery Manager, says, “We [have] partnerships with the community, [have] people coming in and enjoying the facility. So that let’s me know that we’re doing something right here. And it’s a good feeling.”
While the facility will continue to raise fish, may says that the hatchery is also working on their new freshwater mussel program as well.