O.K. Kids Day fishing derby
Photos from the annual fishing derby held at Clinton State Park.
Fish weren’t coming to 4-year-old Anna Patz on Saturday during the annual O.K. Kids Day fishing derby. Fishing at Lake Henry just wasn’t as easy as it was last year in Colorado.
“My fish won’t come to me,” she said. “I’m not catching anything.”
The event was part of a yearly event where area children learn about local fish and spend time with their families. This year’s derby boasted a record number of children, tallying just more than 100.
Sherri Withers, organizer of the derby, said the event was about getting kids outside.
“We are promoting kids being outdoors,” she said. “We just want to keep them active.”
Some children won prizes for their catches, like a girl who won an award for biggest fish caught — a 16-inch catfish.
At the end of the derby, every participant got a grab bag of fishing goodies.
Some were there just to spend time with family. Eight-year-old Kaden Smith, Topeka, learned from his grandfather Mike Fritch how to cast off, while his sister learned from grandma. Fritch said it was a fun way to see his grandchildren, and his wife, Kathy, said it was nice to take them outside.
“It’s probably something they wouldn’t normally do,” she said.
Bryton Hunt, 7, had done some fishing before the derby, but not in a while. He didn’t catch a fish, but that didn’t mean he wouldn’t come back next year.
“Now that we know about this, we’re going to do it every year,” said his mother, Kelley Hunt.