The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Annual Kid’s Catfish Derby attracts crowds

  • Hundreds of children and their families took advantage of the sunny weather Saturday with a morning of fishing at Pond 228 on post. 

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  • Hundreds of children and their families took advantage of the sunny weather Saturday with a morning of fishing at Pond 228 on post. The 10th annual Kid’s Catfish Derby once again proved to be a success as children and adults lined the pond, hoping to catch a prize-winning fish.
    Although prizes ranging from fishing poles to tackle boxes were at stake, many families simply came to the event to spend time together and enjoy the great outdoors.
    Six-year-old Sun Britt and her mother Becky were included in that group.
    “She loves fishing,” Becky said of her daughter. “We’re always here.” She said Sun always jumps at chances to take part in fishing events at Fort Leonard Wood.
    While some families attended the event with massive tackle boxes full of colorful lures and cartons of worms, the Britt family was trying a different approach by using hot dogs soaked in strawberry Kool-Aid as bait.
    “It actually works pretty well,” Becky admitted with a laugh.
    Sun said she had big goals for the day and hoped to catch at least three catfish. She said she also enjoyed spending time with her mom and taking part in one of her favorite hobbies.
    Becky said while the event was fun for everyone, it also helped children and adults gain an appreciation for the great outdoors.
    “I think it’s important for families so they learn survival skills,” she said as she helped Sun cast her line.
    Families of all sizes and ages stretched around the pond during the two-hour event, which also included a hotdog cookout for the children.
    Walter Richards, a Soldier with the 14th Military Police Brigade, brought his three children, as well as a family friend and his two children who were visiting the Richards family from out of town.
    “We just came out to have a good day of fellowship and enjoyment,” Richards said. He added that he and his children generally try to take part in fishing derbies when they’re held on post.
    “It builds camaraderie within the community and then also within the family,” he said. “We just plan on having a great day and enjoying the outdoors.”
    Throughout the event prizes were handed out for tagged fish. The event was put on by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which partnered with numerous local businesses and groups to make the day a success.
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