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Girls catch the big fish and take home trophy at Madison County Fishing Rodeo

Date : 12 May 2012
Category : General

Event Description :
WINNERS of 30th Annual Madison County Commission Fishing Rodeo—Girls for the 2nd year, take home the big prize

Today — Saturday – 8:30 a.m. to Noon
May 12
Sharon Johnston Park
Coleman Road, New Market

Contact: Jerry Craig
District #3 Commissioner
Chairman, Fishing Rode
Telephone: 256-776-247

More than a thousand children lined the banks of the 12-acre lake at Sharon Johnston Park, this Saturday morning.
The Madison County Commission thanks all parents or grandparents who brought and spent time with their children for the 30th Annual Madison County Commission Fishing Rodeo.

Sharon Johnston Park Lake had been primed with 2,000 pounds of catfish and the overcast skies with comfortable temperatures made for a perfect fishing day!
Every child was given worms as bait and a goody bag to take home. Door prizes included tents, sleeping bags, bikes, and an assortment of other prizes.

The five to ten year olds fished from 8:30 until 10am.
And it was Shaley Price, 5 years old from Ardmore, AL who caught the biggest catch. The prize fish weighed 4 pounds and 3 ounces. The pre-K Hazel Green Elementary student had a successful morning using chicken livers as bait, catching 8 fish in all. She took home along with her fish of course for frying and a trophy and sleeping bag and a $50 Bryant Bank Gift card.

And the winner in the eleven to fifteen year old group, was also a girl. Thirteen- year old Chelsea Bryant of Gurley used worms to catch her 3 pound, 85 ounce catfish. A 7th grader at Central Middle School, Chelsea will certainly have a story to tell at school on Monday. She also took home a trophy, sleeping bag and a Bryant Bank gift card.

Project Chairman, Commissioner Jerry Craig assisted by District One Commissioner Roger Jones (the park in his district), both agreed, “It was so wonderful to see children spending a leisurely Saturday morning on banks of the lake, casting lines to hook a catfish. A good Saturday morning in Madison County and great way to see and experience Sharon Johnston Park with parents, grandparents and children spending time together. We thank everyone who came.”

Commissioner Phil Riddick who is an active member of the Metro Kiwanis Club who has supported the Fishing Rode for many years, says “We look forward to this event every year. It’s a great volunteer effort that reminds us how important causal, quality time is for our children.”

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