SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — The seventh annual Forever Young Kids’ Fishing Derby is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Hillside Park.
The event is organized by Linda Young in memory of her late husband, Lawrence E. “Bud” Young, in recogntion of his many contributions to the Abingtons.
Registration will open for the event at 8 a.m. and an awards ceremony and prize raffle will be presented from 12 to 1 p.m.
Pre-registration for the free event is available until 6 p.m. June 10 at the Abington Community Library.
Children up to age 15 are invited to participate. Bait will be provided. Participants will receive a picnic lunch. The first 150 children to check in will receive a derby T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish caught in each of three age groups and for the largest fish of the day. The Bud Award will be presented for the first fish caught measuring closest to 13 inches.
Over the past six years, more than 1,150 children participated in the derby, $5,438 was donated to stock the pond with fish and $5,900 in cash was donated to Hillside Park. A raffle sponsored by the derby raised funds for a rain shelter and fishing dock at a far end of the lake.
A ceremony will be held during the event to dedicate the rain shelter, built as the Eagle Scout project of Wyatt Sebring, of Boy Scout Troop No. 160.
The library will also host a StoryWalk activity and pre-registration table for its Summer Reading Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m during the derby.
For more information, visit the “Forever Young Kids Fishing Derby” Facebook page.
Information provided by Linda Young.