Who likes free events?

El Paso County Parks & Recreation has partnered with the county Animal Welfare Department and Ascarate Fishing Club for a morning long event that includes free fishing for kids, free pet microchips, and a free book giveaway all rolled into one.

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It's called Barks, Books, and Bait and it's set for Saturday, March 11, at Ascarate Park. Let's break down the event free activity by free activity.


El Paso County Parks & Recreation Facebook
El Paso County Parks & Recreation Facebook

The Ascarate Fishing Club is hosting the free fishing event for kids ages 3 - 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

And a lack of fishing experience or gear isn't a problem, either. Club members will happily teach kids fishing basics. Fishing poles and bait will be provided for registered children to use during the event.

Just take along a cap, sunscreen, bug spray, water, a camping chair or two, and your driver’s license to check out a pole and you're all set. Registration will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. inside the Ascarate Park Pavilion.


The reading event, in celebration of National Read Across America Day, is from 8 a.m. to noon.

Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite books to read and exchange. Snacks will be provided, there will reading-related activities for the kids, and free books.


El Paso County Parks & Recreation
El Paso County Parks & Recreation

The El Paso County Animal Welfare Department will host the “barks” part of the morning event that will include free microchipping, pet vendors, pet adoptions, and a pop-up dog park so feel free to bring the doggo, too.

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