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'Take me fishing!'

Thursday, September 14, 2006

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Kaylin Batchelor, age 4, caught her first fish at last year's Fishing Fun Day.

- Brazil Fishing Fun Day is Sept. 23

"Mom, Dad, I caught a fish!"

"Ooh, these worms are yucky!"

Kids get excited about fishing. They all have a great time with parents grandparents, brothers and sisters.

The Brazil City Parks and Recreation Board will have its second annual Fishing Fun Day at Craig Park on Saturday, Sept. 23, 8:30-11 a.m.

Last year, more than 100 people took part in the event. The opportunity to fish and learn about the sport from local fishing enthusiast Larry Clark is offered free to kids ages 16 and younger and adults ages 66 and older with no special requirements. Kids 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone ages 17-65 may fish if they have a current Indiana fishing license.

If you like to fish and think you don't know how, this day is especially for you.

Brazil used to have fishing rodeos at the Forest Park ponds in the 1950s. They were discontinued for various reasons and the ponds were drained. The Craig Park pond gives the City an opportunity to offer fishing again.

A day fishing with Dad, Mom or Grandma and Grandpa, watching a bobber circle, bob and dip and then go under water can be one of the most exciting things a child can experience. Even if the hook reels in empty, the occasion combines the soothing peacefulness of gentle rippling water with the love of a special person. This warm memory can last a lifetime.

More than 50 prizes will be given away at the end of the event. There will be food coupons from Hardees and McDonald's, soda from Pepsi, bicycles and cash contributions for bikes, sports equipment and other surprises donated by friends of the parks, local merchants and the Brazil Parks Board. Donors include Burger Dodge Chrysler, York Chevrolet, Bob Bowen Ford, Judge Robert Pell, City Attorney Joe Trout, Wyndham Brothers Auction and Brazilian Lanes.

The Fishing Fun Day will not be competitive. All prizes will be awarded by random drawing.

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