Our local news media provided coverage of our Free Youth Fishing Tournament.
The Boonville Standard and Evansville Courier & Press both ran photos and our press release in their publications.
Eyewitness News, which operates Channel 25 and Channel 7 news stations, shared our event with its viewers. See the coverage here.
WarrickWatch also posted our press release and photos from the event on its Facebook page.
A huge thanks goes out to our volunteers and sponsors for this successful event! Find the press release from the event below, and be sure to check out our Facebook page for more photos from the event.
Kids catch 86 fish at Youth Fishing Tournament
First-time event draws 52 participants to Chandler Town Park
“The idea behind the tournament was to bring kids and their families together for a little friendly competition and just to provide an educational opportunity,” said Wendy Wary, President of 4 A Better Chandler, Inc. “There were a few kids who had never fished before, and it was fun to watch as they learned the basics and reeled in their first catch.”
Prizes of lures, bait, and t-shirts were provided by Buck’s & Jake’s Outfitters of Boonville. Additional sponsors for the event included Kim James, ERA First Advantage Realty Agent; Donut Bank of Newburgh; Krispy Kreme; and Schnuck’s.
Winners included: Biggest Fish: Keaton Maggard, 10 – 14.75” bass; Kellsae Pruiett, 16 – 11.25” catfish. Smallest Fish: Liam Smith, 9 – 2.5” minnow; Dustin McNeely, 17 – 5-3/16 bluegill. First Catch: Joseph Ashby, 8 - :01; Kellsae Pruiett - :05. Most Fish Caught: Joseph Ashby – 18; Kellsae Pruiett – 3.
A total of 86 fish were caught during the event, a majority of which were bluegill. Catfish were the second most popular catch. One turtle was also caught and released by a participant. In addition to the tournament, coloring pages with educational information on freshwater inhabitants were also provided.
“I was excited to see so many families spending quality time together at our park,” said Daniel Edwards, 4 A Better Chandler, Inc.’s vice president. “Parks should be spaces where the community can come together for recreation and that’s exactly what we saw today.”