Los Banos is offers a number of organized
recreational activities that visitors and citizens of the community can participate
in. These opportunities range from the exciting to the mundane.
County Spring Fair - The Spring Fair brings together a large number of people
from around the county. There is something for everyone at the spring fair, with
things to do from from agricultural exhibits to carnival rides and fun food from
funnel cakes to tri tip sandwiches nearly everyone will have a good time. There
are also concerts, motorcycle races, destruction derbys, and a petting zoo.
taken at the Merced County Spring Fair in Los Banos
In & Near Los Banos - Geocaching is a neat activity centered around an
online web listing of hidden locations that is part treasure hunt and part exploration
of ones location. Using a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, participants
seek out containers of trinkets (a geocache) hidden by other participants and
in doing so they get to discover new and interesting places and observe things
that they may not have otherwise seen before. Caches are usually located near
something kind of interesting or even educational. Geocaching is an interesting
mix of high tech, sleuthing, and in some cases observation of the natural environment.
Banos Sportsmen's Trapshooting Club
The Los Banos Sportsmen's Trapshooting
club offers members and guests the opportunity to pulverize flying clay disks
by mechanically actuating a pyrochemical reaction within a small plastic brass
based tube called a shell which itself is positioned within a long slim metal
tube which is mounted securely into a wooden handle. This wooden and metal contrivance
is pointed at the sky where the ceramic disks appear in response to voice activation
of the operator. If the operator of the wooden handled device is properly positioned
and if the timing of the mechanical actuation is precise the pyrotechnic reaction
will accelerate a large number of tiny heavy metal spheres into the air at high
velocity. These spheres will then come into contact with the ceramic disk and
thus produce a sense of euphoria in the operator of the wooden handled device.
Trapshooters can practice their art here and get in a little practice before bird
and duck hunting seasons.
We are actively looking to expand this section. If you have suggestions that
you would like to see listed please do contact us!
page of the website covers what we call Organized Recreational Activities. You
might also want to consider looking at our other recreation sections:
Recreation - City Parks - Outdoor
& Wild Area Recreation
Before you go out don't
forget to check the weather
note about hunting and shooting:
In case you find the mention of shooting
sports, hunting or the like to be in any way distasteful I would like to respectfully
remind you that despite the stereotype, shooting enthusiasts are some of the biggest
contributors to wildlife conservation in California. Hunters and other shooting
enthusiasts contribute far more to wildlife habitat conservation and management
than all other sources combined. The following quote taken
directly from the Grassland site speaks volumes:
national survey by the U.S. Department of the Interior reveals that hunters spend
$12.3 billion each year for travel , licenses, duck stamps and excise taxes on
firearms, ammunition and equipment to finance wildlife research and management.
These funds are also used to purchase and protect wildlife habitat that benefits
a wide variety of game, non-game and plant life on a year-round basis. In California,
expenditures by hunters are far greater than those provided for wildlife by the
non-hunting public. In 1994, the state Department of Fish and Game received more
than $11 million in revenue for wildlife management from hunters, compared to
just $41,629 collected from non- hunters through the California Wildlife Campaign
and only $532,000 donated through state Income tax returns for Rare and Endangered
Species Preservation. Unfortunately, the degradation and reduction of wetland
habitat within California over the past 100 years has resulted in a steady decline
in revenues generated from hunters. This trend will likely continue unless the
public becomes educated in the role of the hunting community in preserving our
wetlands and wildlife resources for all to enjoy.