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Kids’ Fishing Derby is this weekend

Staff reports

The 11th annual Kids’ Fishing Derby 2000 will be held June 3 and 4 at Lampe Park.

The derby is free to kids ages 3 years to 12 years, but they must be pre-registered. Applications are available at the Douglas County Recreation Department, 782-9828.

Time slots have filled fast, but there are still Sunday, June 4, tickets available at the recreation division.

“This event is free, just bring your pole We supply the tackle and bait. We even have loaner poles available,” said Kim McQueary, co-president of this year’s derby. “We put 6,500 fish in Lampe Park. We plan on having 2,400 kids fish during the two-day period. Each child may catch two fish, and everyone gets a prize. We tagged 400 big fish, which are worth special prizes, such as poles, tackle boxes, sleeping bags, etc.”

Volunteers are always needed for river help, baiting table, fish cleaning, food concession and ticket takers. If interested, call Tim Leitz after 6 p.m. at 265-5814.

A volunteer meeting will be held June 1 at Lampe Park, 6 p.m. River help should take a net and pliers.

There is a special time slot on June 3 at 4 p.m. for kids with special needs, handicaps or who are foster children.

“This gives them a one-on-one time with volunteers,” said McQueary.

For more information, call McQueary at 246-3976.

“We are able to put on this derby every year thanks to the volunteers and the donations we receive throughout the community,” McQueary said.