Frank Jackson boasts biggest October yet

Published 1:23 am Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Frank Jackson State Park experienced the best October revenue in the park’s history.

Ironically, the park was on a punch list of parks set to close while the legislature discussed budget woes earlier this year. The park survived the cuts and has become a model for other state parks, thanks to the local Trail Masters organization.

Trail Master Juanita Blocker said that the concert held last month combined with the Scarecrows in the Park event is drawing people to the park.

“The concert was really good,” she said. “We probably had 50 to 75 people attend, so we were pleased.”

Blocker said park officials said the park had the best revenue from campers to general admission.

Blocker said they are currently promoting three events at the park in November in hopes of setting a November record, as well.

On Saturday, “Walk on the Wild Side,” will be at the park.

“Learn about the animals that live in the park, what they eat and where they live,” Blocker said. “Find out which plants are beneficial and the ones you should leave alone.”

Michelle D. Bende, a local outdoors and wildlife enthusiast, will present.

On Sat., Nov. 14, the Two by Two Petting Zoo will bring some of their animals to the park for kids to pet and visit.

“Some of the animals will include ponies, goats, sheep rabbits, chickens and a Zebu,” she said.

The animals will be located near the boat ramp parking lot.

On Sat., Nov. 21, beginning at 10 a.m., the Opp First United Methodist choir will present a musical program at the pavilion.

“Bring your lawn chairs and picnic lunch and enjoy the music,” Blocker said. “Then visit the scarecrows along the trails in the park.”

The events are free, but state park entrance fee will apply.