1,270 young anglers cast their lines for Kids Fishing Day

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Nearly 1,300 children of all ages, and their families, filled the banks of Roaring River during Kids Fishing Day Saturday to cast their lines - and their bets, on collecting the best catch. That number was up by almost 300 compared to last year, which saw 1,005 in attendance. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Nearly 1,300 children of all ages, and their families, filled the banks of Roaring River during Kids Fishing Day Saturday to cast their lines - and their bets, on collecting the best catch.

Roaring River staff fish some fish out of a portable tank to keep the river stocked for young anglers Saturday during the annual Kids Fishing event day. Nearly 1,300 children visited the park to fish, Paul Spurgeon, fish hatchery manager, said. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Tiffany Walker lets her son Colton Walker, 2, touch a fish he just caught. The family came to Roaring River State Park Saturday from Crane to enjoy Kids Fishing Day. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Austin Eidson, 7, takes a break from fishing to enjoy the serenity of his surroundings while another young angler casts a line, Saturday during kids fishing day. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Tracy Shepherd, of Aurora, takes a picture of her nephew Sam Tolbert, 10, of Galena, and the great catch he got at Roaring River State Park Saturday. About 1,300 children and their families lined the banks to fish. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Bob Ricky with Roaring River Parks Alliance, helps angler Elias James, 7, of Cassville, with his bait and fishing gear during the Kids Fishing Day event held at Roaring River State Park. Ricky volunteered his time to help man a bait station for young anglers. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
There was more fun to be had than just fishing during the Kids Fishing Day event at Roaring River State Park Saturday. While others fished, Parker Kauffeld, 3, of Siloam Springs, Ark., and his mom, Amanda Kauffeld, had a blast on the sidelines. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
There was more fun to be had than just fishing during the Kids Fishing Day event at Roaring River State Park Saturday. While others fished, Parker Kauffeld, 3, of Siloam Springs, Ark., and his mom, Amanda Kauffeld, had a blast on the sidelines. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
During Kids Fishing Day Saturday, along with the river, there was plenty of action on dry land, too, as a group of children found tree-climbing to be their idea of adventure. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
With the guidance of her father standing next to her, young angler Addison Dukes casts her line with precision. She and her brother, Brody, and parents visited Roaring River State Park Saturday to get in on the fun of Kids Fishing Day, during which 1,270 children showed up to fish, compared to 1,005 last year. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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