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For Immediate Release: June 6, 2011

Contact Person: Diane Lee, PIO, 301-334-7730

Planning Groups Sponsor Fishing Rodeos

During May throughout Garrett County , Community Planning Groups sponsored fishing rodeos as a way to strengthen family ties and promote fun, drug and alcohol free activities.

Kitzmiller Empowerment Group held a fishing rodeo in Kitzmiller, on May 6th. The 46 participants had a chance of receiving prizes for the first fish caught during the even, the largest fish and the person who caught the most fish in each age group. The event was sponsored by the Kitzmiller Empowerment Group, Garrett County Health Department and the Department of Natural Resources.

The Grantsville Involvement Group held their annual fishing rodeo on May 7th at the pond in Grantsville Park . There were about 125 participants who took advantage of the sunny weather. Children age 3-16 could fish for free and each child was allowed to catch five fish. They could keep the fish, give them away or throw them back into the pond. Parents could cast the line, but kids had to reel in the fish or be disqualified from receiving anything prizes. Each child was given a reward because a generous cash donation by Jim Bone of Frostburg.

The Accident Community Planning Group, in partnership with The Wild Turkey Federation, held their annual Fishing Rodeo at the town pond in Accident on May 21st.  More than 130 people took advantage of the sunny weather, the biting fish and the plentiful food.  The Wild Turkey Federation offered a JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Membership to each child, gave out turkey calls and provided door prizes, pizza and drinks.  

Activities of community planning groups are supported in part by funds from the Garrett County Health Department to promote healthy living and prevent risky behaviors. For information about joining a planning group in your area, call the Health Department at 301-334-7730 or 301-895-3111.

 

The winners of the Kitzmiller Fishing Rodeo pictured above from left to right are Nevah Gank, John Cage, Mariah Bolden, Brandon Stieringer, Madison Shugars and Emmitt Lipscomb.

Winners in the Grantsville Involvement Group Fishing Rodeo are pictured above showing off their prizes made possible by a donation from Jim Bone. In the front row, from left to right are Austin Andrews, Mathew Beitzel, Jordan Tyler and Kyle Broadwater; in the second row are Ryan Bone and Hunter Meyers; in the third row are Glory DeLorenzo, Nate Durst, Noah Warner and Bradley McKenzie; and in the back row are Russell Fazenbaker, Taylor Lytle and Scott Warnick

Pictured above is 3-year-old Triston Shahan at the Accident Fishing Rodeo showing off his catch of the day with his grandfather, John Bray, both from Accident. Picture was taken by Wild Turkey Federation member Bonnie Friend. 

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