More than 400 fish at rodeo


Seven win lifetime fishing licenses

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times The banks of Foster Park Lake were lined with young anglers and their families during the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo, Saturday, May 20. More than 400 children participated in the rodeo which is for children ages 6-15. The lake was stocked with catfish for the event and only children were permitted to fish in the lake during the three-hour event. Some of the catfish were tagged and the children that caught them won prizes such as a lifetime fishing license and a kayak and life jacket.


Charles Warner | The Union Times James Bramlett holds six of the catfish he caught during the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. He was one of more than 400 children ages 6-15 to take part in the event during which only children were permitted to fish in the lake. The lake was stocked with catfish, some of which were tagged. Children who caught the tagged catfish won prizes. James caught on of those tagged fish and was the winner of one of the seven lifetime hunting licenses that were among the prizes awarded during the event.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Bela Rodgers prepares to use a bow and arrow as Christ Smith of the US Forest Service looks on. Archery was one of the many activities offered children taking part in the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. While the main activity was, of course, fishing, children at the event also got to enjoy rock climbing, BB gun target shooting, visiting a cammo station, a reptile exhibit, archery, and a smoke house where they learned the proper way to escape from a burning building.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Rock climbing was one of the many activities offered children taking part in the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. While the main activity was, of course, fishing, children at the event also got to enjoy archery, BB gun target shooting, visiting a cammo station, a reptile exhibit, rock climbing, and a smoke house where they learned the proper way to escape from a burning building.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Aiden Ward wears the life jacket and stands beside the kayak he won during the the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. The lake was stocked with catfish for the event which was for children ages 6-15. Some of the catfish were tagged and the children who caught them were awarded prizes. Aiden’s grandfather, Bobby Pollander, hold the tagged catfish that his grandson caught to win the life jacket and kayak. Posing with them for this picture is Kevin Smith of the SC Department of Natural Resources.


UNION — More than 400 young anglers and their families turned out for the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake and some of those young anglers came away with some very special prizes.

The J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo is an annual event sponsored by the following agencies:

• The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

• The National Wild Turkey Federation

• The City of Union

• The US Forest Service

• The Union County Parks and Recreation Department

The rodeo is for children ages 6-15 who must be accompanied by an adult, though only the children are allowed to fish during the event which each year draws hundreds of children and their families to the lake.

Union Public Safety Director Sam White said that this year was no different with more than 400 children taking part in the rodeo.

As in previous years, the children taking part in the rodeo had plenty of activities to enjoy, including, of course, fishing. The other activities offered during the rodeo included a cammo station; BB gun targeting shooting; archery; rock wall climbing; a reptile exhibit which that provided information on reptiles that live in the area and how they benefit nature; a smoke house that demonstrated how to safely get out of a burning building.

The children participating in the rodeo also enjoyed a free lunch served at the park.

While there were plenty of other fun things to enjoy, the main reason everybody was there was the fishing and there was plenty to fish as the lake had been stocked with catfish brought in specifically for the rodeo. Some of the catfish were tagged and children who caught the tagged catfish were awarded prizes.

One of the most sought after prizes were seven lifetime fishing licenses which were awarded to the first seven children to catch a tagged catfish. White said that all seven of the lifetime fishing licenses were won at this year’s rodeo. He added that most of the tagged catfish were caught enabling the children that caught them to receive other prizes such as life jackets and kayaks.

White said he was pleased with the turnout for and participation in this year’s rodeo.

“There were lots of children and lots of parents and grandparents,” White said. “We had very good weather and a very good turnout. Everyone had a good time.”

Charles Warner | The Union Times The banks of Foster Park Lake were lined with young anglers and their families during the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo, Saturday, May 20. More than 400 children participated in the rodeo which is for children ages 6-15. The lake was stocked with catfish for the event and only children were permitted to fish in the lake during the three-hour event. Some of the catfish were tagged and the children that caught them won prizes such as a lifetime fishing license and a kayak and life jacket.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_1005.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The banks of Foster Park Lake were lined with young anglers and their families during the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo, Saturday, May 20. More than 400 children participated in the rodeo which is for children ages 6-15. The lake was stocked with catfish for the event and only children were permitted to fish in the lake during the three-hour event. Some of the catfish were tagged and the children that caught them won prizes such as a lifetime fishing license and a kayak and life jacket.

Charles Warner | The Union Times James Bramlett holds six of the catfish he caught during the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. He was one of more than 400 children ages 6-15 to take part in the event during which only children were permitted to fish in the lake. The lake was stocked with catfish, some of which were tagged. Children who caught the tagged catfish won prizes. James caught on of those tagged fish and was the winner of one of the seven lifetime hunting licenses that were among the prizes awarded during the event.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0988.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times James Bramlett holds six of the catfish he caught during the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. He was one of more than 400 children ages 6-15 to take part in the event during which only children were permitted to fish in the lake. The lake was stocked with catfish, some of which were tagged. Children who caught the tagged catfish won prizes. James caught on of those tagged fish and was the winner of one of the seven lifetime hunting licenses that were among the prizes awarded during the event.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Bela Rodgers prepares to use a bow and arrow as Christ Smith of the US Forest Service looks on. Archery was one of the many activities offered children taking part in the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. While the main activity was, of course, fishing, children at the event also got to enjoy rock climbing, BB gun target shooting, visiting a cammo station, a reptile exhibit, archery, and a smoke house where they learned the proper way to escape from a burning building.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0996.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Bela Rodgers prepares to use a bow and arrow as Christ Smith of the US Forest Service looks on. Archery was one of the many activities offered children taking part in the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. While the main activity was, of course, fishing, children at the event also got to enjoy rock climbing, BB gun target shooting, visiting a cammo station, a reptile exhibit, archery, and a smoke house where they learned the proper way to escape from a burning building.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Rock climbing was one of the many activities offered children taking part in the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. While the main activity was, of course, fishing, children at the event also got to enjoy archery, BB gun target shooting, visiting a cammo station, a reptile exhibit, rock climbing, and a smoke house where they learned the proper way to escape from a burning building.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0997.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Rock climbing was one of the many activities offered children taking part in the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. While the main activity was, of course, fishing, children at the event also got to enjoy archery, BB gun target shooting, visiting a cammo station, a reptile exhibit, rock climbing, and a smoke house where they learned the proper way to escape from a burning building.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Aiden Ward wears the life jacket and stands beside the kayak he won during the the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. The lake was stocked with catfish for the event which was for children ages 6-15. Some of the catfish were tagged and the children who caught them were awarded prizes. Aiden’s grandfather, Bobby Pollander, hold the tagged catfish that his grandson caught to win the life jacket and kayak. Posing with them for this picture is Kevin Smith of the SC Department of Natural Resources.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_0992.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Aiden Ward wears the life jacket and stands beside the kayak he won during the the J.A.K.E.S. Public Safety/Kids Fun Day Fishing Rodeo at Foster Park Lake on Saturday, May 20. The lake was stocked with catfish for the event which was for children ages 6-15. Some of the catfish were tagged and the children who caught them were awarded prizes. Aiden’s grandfather, Bobby Pollander, hold the tagged catfish that his grandson caught to win the life jacket and kayak. Posing with them for this picture is Kevin Smith of the SC Department of Natural Resources.
Seven win lifetime fishing licenses

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

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