Record crowd attends indoor fishing derby

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

Mother Nature provided a change to the Scranton Kids Fishing Day. Too much rainfall leading up to the event on Saturday, June 1, caused flooding of the pond on the outskirts of Scranton so the organizers moved the event to the Scranton Community Center.

Mother Nature let us know she was still in charge as the day began with showers and then a most perfect day emerged. As preparations began for the event, youngsters and their parents began streaming into the Scranton
Community Center and man, did it fill up fast!

Each child was given a red shirt by the United Methodist Church and a red backpack bag from Farmers Mutual Insurance Association stuffed with fishing goodies and coupons for later use.

Hot dogs, chips, pop and cookies were all enjoyed by everyone. It was a wonderful picnic lunch!

Angela Eason invited the children to attend the vacation Bible school at the Methodist Church followed shortly by Wendy Johnson inviting the kids to the summer reading program at the library. Along with Little League taking place, it gives the youngsters a lot of fun activities to enjoy this summer.

Gary Goodwin gave a tremendous talk to the kids about fishing and enjoying the benefits of it. You can tell how much he enjoys fishing and getting the kids in the area hooked on it as well.

Ashley Squibb and helpers handed out many name drawings and individual gifts. The smiles and squeals of delight echoed the lunchroom as each child received their prize, thanks in a big part to all our donors and sponsors.

As the day wound down, many youngsters were headed to the pond to fish with their parents.

This year was the best attendance ever with 102 children. Seeing the big smiles on the their faces makes the work involved with this event worthwhile. If you missed this year, please plan on attending next year June 6. You won’t be disappointed!

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