Free Fish­ing Derby set for July 4

Record Observer - - Opinion - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

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.

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