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Area children have a blast at fishing event

Sunday, September 20, 2009

On Saturday Luke Pierce, 5, caught the first fish at Craig Park during the Brazil City Parks Board annual Fishing Fun Day. The Kindergarten student loves fishing as long as the fish stays on the hook. He is the son of Lori and Steve Pierce, Brazil. Though Lori held the fish during the picture, Luke put the bluegill back in the pond. [Order this photo]
The young and young at heart went to Craig Park Saturday morning, hoping to catch fish and have a hot dog.

For the fifth year in a row, the Brazil City Parks Board conducted its annual Fishing Fun Day, a morning where members of the community can bring their children to the park and catch fish while having a Pepsi and a hot dog.

"Every year it gets better," Supt. of Parks Bill Houck said. "It is so wonderful to see the park being used like this."

Ashlee Barger, 9, the daughter of Angie Barger, Greencastle, caught two fish and a turtle during the fifth Fishing Fun Day, sponsored by the Brazil City Parks Board at Craig Park on Saturday. Though she doesn't like touching the worms, she told The Brazil Times, she had fun. [Order this photo]
The idea for Fishing Fun Day came from the fishing rodeos that, at one time, took place at Craig Park. However, the board didn't want a competition. Rather, they wanted an event where families could have some quality time together. Each child, 12-under receives a gift of some kind, from a baby doll to a CD player.

Many of the children learned how to bait a hook and a few caught something bigger than a fish.

"This is my second fish, the first fell off the hook and then I got a turtle," Ashlee Barger, 9, Greencastle said. "This is my first time and I'm having fun."

"It's been really nice and she's having a good time," mother Angie Barger added.

Ashlee wasn't the only person that had problems keeping her fish on the hook.

Luke Pierce, 5, Brazil, son of Lori and Steve Pierce caught the first fish of the day, while he was having his picture taken, the fish decided it didn't want to stay on the hook.

"It's a good bluegill," he said. "It just wants to go swimming."

Though Luke had a mishap with the fish, he went to a different spot and went right back to fishing.

"He's having so much fun," Lori said. "This is great and it is wonderful they do it for the kids."

When a hook needed baited or a fish need to be caught once it got off the hook, Larry Clark was the man that was called.

"This is a huge success," he said. "It really gives kids the opportunity to fish that don't usually have it."

With approximately 90 children registered to receive gifts with one parent per child the board is estimating at least 150-200 people in attendance.

"We are very pleased with the turnout, and I think it was our most successful so far," Parks Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries said. "I am so glad to see the parents with the children and everyone had a good time."

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Great pics and great article!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Sun, Sep 20, 2009, at 10:47 PM

Yes , it was a good article

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 10:04 AM

Excellent event for kids and parents! Keep it up.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Mon, Sep 21, 2009, at 11:04 AM

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