Kids Fishing Day a big hit in Scranton

~by the Squibb family for The Scranton Journal

Great news to report…. Big storms rushed through Scranton Saturday morning, June 2, but they ended in plenty of time so the Scranton Kids Fishing Day could go off without a hitch …… It was a huge success! So many youngsters brought their parents for a fun-filled day at the Scranton Pond Park.

Gary Goodwin (center) talks about fishing to the more than 125 people, youngsters and adults who participated in the seventh annual Scranton Kids Fishing Day held at Scranton Pond Park on Saturday, June 2. Conservation director Dan Towers also provided information. The fishing began after lunch. A multitude of fish, turtles and frogs were captured and released as the family fun continued throughout the afternoon.

Ashley Squibb started the event with the history of this day. It began in 2011 as a tribute to the memory of Steven Squibb, her brother who passed away. He adored fishing at this pond and enjoyed countless hours there.

Conservation director Dan Towers and Gary Goodwin talked about fishing facts and jokes. Goodwin even asked the kids to kiss the fish when they released them. A lot of comments were heard along with funny faces. Goodwin brought his big fishing boat for the youngsters to admire. It’s very impressive.

Angela Eason invited all the youngsters to Vacation Bible school. Plenty of food and drinks were enjoyed. The prizes were handed out.

Then the fishing began with turtles, frogs and fish caught and released. The weather provided a bright, beautiful day to enjoy it all.

“You can’t imagine all the smiles and hugs given out this day,” said Leesa Squibb. “It seemed very overwhelming and contagious.”

More than 125 people enjoyed the excitement and relaxation of the seventh annual Kids Fishing Day. If you didn’t get to enjoy this event, there is always next year. Bring your poles and join the fun!

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