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Saturday was a near perfect day to get outdoors and have fun, a perfect day for Fort Drum's 5th annual Outdoor Adventure Day.
The annual event is held off Route 26 on post, and brings together members of the military and civilians for a day of outdoor activities.
"Just because there's a fence around the post doesn't mean that we're not part and parcel connected with the community. With everyone that lives on post or off post, the big thing is to pull them together," said Jason Wagner, Fort Drum's organizer of the event.
Among the activities Saturday: tree-cutting, fly-tying and mining for "diamonds."
Adrianna Weldon was trying her hand at archery. She said she liked "the freedom of seeing how strong you are and able to pull back a bow and hit a target."
Grady Wagner was busy digging in the diamond pile. He reported finding some, and some quartz.
"All these diamonds were in the dirt I just needed to look and pick them up," Grady said.
Outdoor Adventure Day is organized by Fort Drum's Natural Resources Branch and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County, with help from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Jefferson Community College, SUNY-ESF and the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce.
To see a little of Saturday's event, click on the picture at the top of this story to watch 7 News reporter Natalie Kucko's report.