Under the shade of the trees on one side of the bank of the park’s pond were Josiah Bridges and TaMisha Crenshaw. Josiah’s grandmother, Sharon Crenshaw, said that she had come to event every year, but that her daughters were too old to go now. TaMisha’s mother, Tonia Crenshaw, said that the crowd seemed a bit low this year, but noted that there was a lot going on in town, like the Women’s Show and the 400-Mile Yard Sale.
At another part of the pond were cousins Jordon and Jamaya Shemwell and their cousins, Daejean Lander, Jamarion Grubbs and Nyree Wilson. Although the event organizers offered rods and reels to participants, Jordon and Daejean came prepared and were fishing with Rocket Fishing Rod, which were shaped a bit like large, plastic water guns. Jordon said their grandmother saw them on TV a few months ago and ordered the rods for them. He said it even came with a bucket to put fish in.
Melissa Howard was there for the first time with her children, Brayden and Brianna.
“No one caught anything, but we’ve had fun,” she said. “This is good for kids.”
Pennyrile Resource, Conservation & Development helps put on the event each year. RC & D employee Charles Turner said that 228 children registered at the event this year, while the number last year was 305. He said that the event was always fun for the children and that there hadn’t been any injuries since it began seven years ago, although a Trigg County EMS vehicle was there just in case.
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