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Fishing Fun Day offers plenty for kids

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

L.T. Clark helps 4-year-old Nick Messmer take his fish off the hook after a catch during Fishing Fun Day at Craig Park Saturday.
Evan Dutron made the biggest catch of the day.

The 8-year-old snagged a 12-inch bass at Craig Park last weekend at the third annual Fishing Fun Day.

Nearly 200 people, including several children, attended the event.

The low temperatures did not chill the enthusiasm of the crowd during the day. Local sports enthusiast, L.T. Clark, gave a seminar teaching youngsters and new fishermen the fundamentals of the sport. He also had a spin casting session with rewards available to anyone who could cast into prize-filled buckets.

The Brazil City Parks and Recreation Board sponsored the evgent, but it was enhanced by donations of time, money or gifts from many individuals, businesses, organizations and local politicians.

"This was a true community effort," Board vice president Brad Deal said.

In a random drawing, all 67 children, 12 and under, who attended, received a door prize. There was fishing equipment and bait available to anyone who didn't bring gear. Biscuits and gravy, coffee and sodas were offered. And everything was free of charge.

The Brazil City Police, Brazil Fire Department, Clay County Sheriff's Department and Reserves volunteered time to canvas the lake area to ensure everyone's safety. And the Brazil Fire Dept. brought along a fire truck allowing the kids to get a close-up look if they so desired.

"This was the best turnout we've had yet," Board secretary Caroline McCullough said. "It was just a beautiful day and I think it was very successful. We thank everyone who came out and hope to have even more next year."

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