“Kids have a way of finding something new in even mundane things,” said Cindy Sholar, one of the many volunteers helping to put together Cadiz’s seventh annual Take Kids Fishing Day. More than 200 children are expected at the event, which will be held at West Cadiz Park on June 3.
Sholar is a member of the Little River Committee, which started planning the event in January with the Pennyrile Resource Conservation and Development Council.
Charles Turner, coordinator for the Pennyrile RC and D, has been in charge of the event since it was first held in Hopkinsville a year before he brought it to Cadiz. He said the purpose of Take Kids Fishing Day is nothing more complicated than providing a fun family outing and giving children a chance to do something they may never have done before.
“They have the opportunity to catch their first fish, and they’re so proud of that,” he said.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources stocks the pond in the park with fish several days before the event, so children are virtually guaranteed a chance for a good catch. Tags are placed on some of the fish that can be redeemed for cash prizes.
Children ages three to 15 are allowed to fish, and they are divided into four age groups: three to five, six to eight, nine to 11 and 12 to 15. Three prizes are awarded in each group for the largest fish, smallest fish and the most fish caught. This year, all 12 winners will receive bicycles, which have been provided by Cadiz Hardware.
The bikes aren’t the only donations to the event provided by local businesses. All food and drinks are donated, as well as the money that goes toward buying other prizes, such as balls, goody bags and other toys.
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