Friday, August 31, 2012

Youth Invited to Fish for Fun and Prizes

Decatur, Ala. – Decatur Parks and Recreation will host a fishing event for youth at Ingalls Harbor on September 8, 2012. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., children between the ages of five and twelve years old are invited to participate in the Young Angler’s Fishing Event and spend the day trying to reel in the big one while also learning why Decatur is known as the “River City.”

Ingalls Harbor will be separated from the Tennessee River by netting and stocked with 500 pounds of channel catfish, with some tagged for prizes. There will be five rounds of fishing for 30-45 minutes with a maximum of forty children per round rolling the harbor. When not fishing, children can check out the various booths displaying the products and services of area businesses, corporations and industries who utilize the Tennessee River in the Ingalls Harbor Pavilion.

According to Decatur Parks and Recreation, the overall goal of the event is to raise awareness and appreciation of the Tennessee River which has been central to the establishment, growth and vitality of Decatur and Morgan County as well as North Alabama. Children will learn responsibility for our natural resources, how the Tennessee River is so important as a water source, how it is unique in providing for goods and services and extending the manufacturing complex of the area to other parts of the country and world.

The event fee is $20 per person and the first 200 to pre-register receive a t-shirt, fishing pole and tackle. Parents and volunteers will offer assistance throughout the event and there will be instructors available to teach the basics of preparing tackle and fishing.

For more information, call Decatur Parks and Recreation at 256.341.4930

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