Kids' Fishing Day set for May 18

Thursday, May 16, 2013

It's once again time for the annual spring Kids' Fishing Day at Roaring River State Park, located on Highway 112 about seven miles south of Cassville. This year's event will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

Children age 15 and under will be able to pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office at any time on Friday, May 17 or on Saturday.

A portion of the park has been designated for youth age 15 and under, and volunteers will be on hand to assist.

"We have a limited number of fishing poles," said Paul Spurgeon, hatchery manager. "Participants are urged to bring their own fishing equipment."

Park officials will be stocking the upper end of the stream all day with fish that weigh over a pound.

"We are stocking plenty of fish and lunkers for the big day," Spurgeon said.

Roaring River Concessions will provide free hot dogs, chips and soda between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Bluegrass music and comedy will also be on tap at this year's event, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Fishline Bluegrass Stage. The lineup includes Lonesome Road and Possum Holler Fiddlers. Bands performing will also include Spur of the Moment and Ozark Mountain Revival.

Comedy performance will include Hargas Marcell and Droopy Drawers Jr., from Branson's Baldknobbers show.

Educational programs will be offered to guests attending this year's Kids' Fishing Day. Seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, knife sharpening, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting. A hatchery tour will be offered to show participants how trout are raised, and a program on Missouri snakes will be presented, using live specimens.

Children who attend three of the classes will receive a choice of prizes and be entered into a drawing for larger prizes that will be held at 5 p.m. Classes are open to the entire family, but only children may enter the drawings.

"Kids' Fishing Day, is an excellent time for families to get together and enjoy Roaring River State Park," Spurgeon said. "We love introducing kids to the sport of fishing, and we love to see kids come back every year to take part in this great day.

"In addition to fishing, there will be plenty of fun activities and opportunities to learn about conservation," he continued. "We invite everyone to come out, bring their lawn chairs and watch the kids fish and listen to some great music along the spring branch."

Concessions and necessities will be available at the park store.

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