Free Fishing Derby set for July 4
STEVENSVILLE — Tuesday, July 4, the Kent Island Elks and the Natural Resources Police Reserve Officers will host the 14th annual Children’s Free Fishing Derby at the Terrapin Park Fresh Water Pond, in Stevensville. Pre-registration is recommended to provide for children who need fishing rods, and a head-count for the free lunch that will be provided after the derby.
This year’s derby is dedicated to the late KI Elks member, Past Exalted Ruler John Wisniewski, who was always supportive of the Elks’ children’s activities.
This year’s event is sponsored not only by the Elks and NRP Reserve Officers, but also by Bass Pro Shop, KI Subway, Pepsi, Rita’s Ice and Mike’s Bait of Mar yland.
Bass Pro Shop of Arundel Mills is supplying free use of fishing rods for children, as supplies last (so pre-register and come early). Free bait is also provided. The contest begins at 8 a.m. and runs through 11 a.m.
This is a “catch and release” program with special permission by DNR for the children not to have to purchase a fishing license. Four different age groups will be sponsored for the children to receive awards. Prizes awarded will be largest fish caught, smallest fish caught and most fish caught.
There will also be a “Most Patriotic Attire” contest for both children and adults. Activities other than fishing will also be provided. The Eastern Shore Treasure Club will have a “treasure hunt” going on, and there will be a Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s K-9 demonstration. The KI Elks Drug Awareness Trailer will be on site, and a Natural Resources Police recruiter will be present.
Sheriff Gary Hofmann will present a brief talk to everyone, but especially to the children, about opioid awareness.
A free lunch will be provided for parents and children. A parent must remain on site for the entire event to supervise their child’s safety.
All participants will receive a goody bag with outdoor activity events listed as well as “Leave No Trace” reference cards, to help learn how to protect the environment when active with outdoor activities. There will also be a silent auction held to help fund next year’s fishing derby. The NRP mascot “Splash” will be present promoting water safety. Awards presentation and lunch are scheduled to end by 1 p.m.
Call 443-223-7832 for pre-registration and fishing rod needs.
Members of the Weibell family of Centreville are pictured at the 2016 Kent Island Elks Children’s Free Fishing Derby. It will be held, as always, July 4, which is on Tuesday this year, beginning at 7:30 a.m. with registration, ages 3 to 15, rain or shine, at Terripan Park Fresh Water Pond, Stevensville. To pre-register, call 443-223-7832.