Fishing Fun Day at Craig Park is fast approaching
The 10th annual Fishing Fun Day is expected to bring in more than 100 children and their families with this year's event set for Saturday, Sept. 13.
"We had a wonderful, successful turnout last year, and we expect to have the same results this year," Brazil Parks and Recreation Board Vice President Ruthann Jeffries said during the board's Tuesday meeting..
Scheduled from 9-11 a.m. at Craig Park, prizes will be awarded from 9-10 a.m. The event is free of charge.
Clay County's L.T. Clark and family will be present to teach the basics of fishing.
The board, along with several volunteers, plans to meet at the Brazil Walmart Thursday morning to purchase the prizes and bicycles that will be handed out to children ages 0-12.
"Everyone gets a prize and then we draw for the bike in each age range," park board member Linda Messmer explained.
This year, the board is attempting to provide as many hot dogs and sodas as possible, purchasing an extra 150 hot dogs on top of the already donated 250.
"We will be using canned soda this year so we will do what we can to provide for as long as we can," Jeffries said.
Prizes and bicycles were awarded to 129 children last year, and the board still has a few left-over purchased prizes from the event.
"Those few extras that we have left over from last year will help out a lot," Messmer said.
"I think that this is all coming together really well," added Jeffries. "The only thing I worry about is the weather."
The forecast indicates that Saturday morning will be chilly. Thus, the board encourages families to come dressed warm for morning fishing.
Families are also asked to bring their own poles, though there will be a limited number of them available for those in need.
Also discussed Tuesday
* Messmer will go before the Brazil City Council tonight to ask the board to fund the tennis and pickleball court projects at Forest Park.
"There's no way we can accumulate the money necessary for this so I'm asking the board tonight to give me permission to request the funds from the City Council again," she said.
According to the park board, several estimates revealed the project would cost at least $101,000 to replace two tennis courts and transform the others into six pickleball courts.
"I spoke to 17 different people and nine of those came out and did measurements. Of those, five gave us written estimates," Messmer said. "The more people that come out to the meeting, the more likely we are at having a shot at this. This may be our only chance."