Saturday is a great opportunity for young people to learn more about the

sport of fishing, and they will have a lot of fun as well at the Hooked on

Fishing Not on Drugs Kids Fishing Derby. This marks the fourth year for the

local fishing event, which will be held at Cave Lake Park on the Nick Cooley


"It's a great event and it has grown every year," said Rick Kempton, who

has headed up the local event since it began.

Last year nearly 200 children attended the fishing derby. And organizers

hope for even more this year. The children are divided into three age

groups‹1-5; 6-10; and 11-15‹and they have a little friendly competition

during the event.

Kempton said that each fish caught will be weighed in to determine the

winners in each age group. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and

third place in each age group, and a big fish award will be given for each

age group.

Things get underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7 when kids ages 1-10

will begin fishing. They will fish until 11 a.m. Children ages 11-15 will

fish from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Participants need to bring their own fishing tackle and bait.

The fishing derby is organized by Defensive Action Against Drugs, the

Wayne County Bass Club and Operation UNITE. UNITE is one of the major

sponsors of the event, but there are a host of other businesses and

individuals who contribute to the fishing derby. And there are many

volunteers who attend each year to help the children who participate.

Besides teaching them about fishing, kids learn another important

lesson‹hobbies like fishing keep them active and away from drugs. It's a

lesson that Kempton and other organizers hope sticks with them.

"They are given something to do, so they won't have a lot of idle

time...It's just a great activity," said Kempton.

For information contact Kempton at (606) 348-3160, Johnny Cooper at

(606) 348-1692, Ray Vater at (606) 340-0121; or Carlos Cameron at (606)


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