Free Kids' Fishing Rodeo Is Saturday At Camp Jordan

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The East Ridge Optimist Club/Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Kids' Fishing Rodeo will be held at Dickert's Pond at Camp Jordan Park on Saturday.

All kids old enough to hold a fishing pole who are accompanied by an adult are invited to fish for free from 8:30 until noon Saturday.

The East Ridge Optimist Club will offer fishing, prizes, refreshments, lunch and fun for all in the area who attend.

East Ridge Vice Mayor Jim Bethune, who is an Optimist Club member, said he was excited about being a part of the Fishing Rodeo.

"Every child is invited to fish and have fun," Mr. Bethune said. "This day is all about the kids and its free."

East Ridge Parks and Recreation Director Stump Martin thanked the Optimist Club for stepping in and taking over the annual fishing day previously sponsored by the Tennessee Aquarium.

"I'm impressed by the Optimist club members and their desire to do something for the kids in the area," Mr. Martin said. "To me it doesn't get any better than a child being able to fish with a parent or guardian and enjoying the quality of time together at a beautiful place. This is a day that the kids who come will remember forever."

The TWRA is stocking the pond with catfish and will be there to help conduct the event.

Mr. Martin said Betty Miles, who was formerly the event coordinator for the Tennessee Aquarium, had organized a fishing day at Camp Jordan the first Saturday in May for many years.

"We truly appreciate the effort Ms. Miles has provided in the past on this event," Mr. Martin said. "When she informed us that she was retiring at the end of March and the event wouldn't be held this year we had to move fast and the Optimist Club jumped on board."

Here is more on the East Ridge Optimist Club/Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Kids' Fishing Rodeo:   

Dickert's Pond is at Camp Jordan Park, I-75, Exit 1. For more information, call 423 344-3936 or 423 771-8617. 

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