For Immediate Release
Registration extended for Saturday's free Kids Fishing Fun Day
Registration has been extended for the 33rd Annual Kids Fishing Fun Day Saturday, June 7, at a new location: Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146, Springfield.
Online registration at parkboard.org remains open until Thursday, June 5, 5 p.m. Kids age 3-13 may register to fish at the 8, 9:15, or 11:45 a.m. sessions (10:30 is now closed.) Space is limited.
This free event, presented by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the Missouri Department of Conservation, is designed to teach kids how to fish and encourage them to put their new skills to work throughout the summer. The Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park pond will be fully stocked with channel catfish and hybrid sunfish, and each child may catch and keep up to three fish. MDC staff will clean one fish per child, and teach kids how to clean their other fish.
All children must be accompanied by an adult, and must supply their own rod and reel, bait and stringer for the fish. Kids Fishing Fun Day activities include:
- Casting practice
- Fish weigh-in
- Instructional fish cleaning
- First fish photos
- Free soft drinks provided by Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company
Participants will also go home with simple recipes for frying, baking or grilling their catch, as well as more information about MDC Free Fishing Weekend, June 7-8, when Missourians throughout the state may fish without a license.
In case of rain, Kids Fishing Fun Day will be rescheduled for the following day, Sunday, June 8, same time and location.
Limited registration may be available on-site the morning of the event, if space allows.
For media inquiries, call Anne-Mary McGrath, Superintendent of Recreation with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-864-1338 or 417-353-3514; Francis Skalicky, Missouri Department of Conservation Media Specialist, at 417-895-6881, ext. 1641; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2176 or 417-224-5510.