23rd Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Saturday  - June 1, 2013

The Richmond Hill Exchange Club held our 23rd Annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 8:30 AM to Noon, at the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery on GA Highway 144 in Richmond Hill, between the Library and the Kroger store.  Registration began at 8:00 AM, and fishing started at 8:30AM.  The derby was open to children ages 15 and under, accompanied by their parents or adult guardian, with awards being presented to children 12 and under. Over the past twenty-three years, thousands of children and their families have participated in our derby. We had another great turnout in 2013, with more than 340 children participating, plus an equal number of parents, grandparents, and other adults attending as well. Our 2013 fishing derby took place at three Fish Hatchery ponds that have been stocked with catfish and bream. Most participants brought their own fishing poles and bait, although a good supply of free bait and fishing poles will be available at no charge. Thanks to the Savannah Coca Cola Bottling Company for the use of their Coke Wagon, as well as a generous supply of Coke products, and to Georgia Department of Natural Resources for providing hot dogs. The DNR staff and Exchange Club members cooked and served hotdogs for the participants and their families. There is never any charge for anyone participating in this event. Trophies for the largest single fish, and most total pounds of fish will be awarded immediately following the derby, for two age groups--ages six and under, and ages seven to twelve. Several door prizes were provided by The Richmond Hill Exchange Club also. Special thanks to the many Exchange Club members who have helped make this event a success over the years, and also to the staff members from the local DNR Offices and Fish Hatchery, without whose hard work and great facilities our event would not be possible.

This year, a special prize was awarded to the winners and their families - a family bass fishing outing to the Waterways Township, and the tournament-style Bill Dance bass lake there. Thanks to Vance Askew and Waterways Township for providing this special prize again this year.

 

Click here for a Fishing Derby Entry Form

Click here for an Information Sheet

Click here for a Rules Sheet

Click here for a Flyer to post

Click here for a Press Release

 

 

 

Front Row: Shelby Packut and Seth Kelly

Back Row:  Abigail Valenzuela and Quenton Lavant

 

The Richmond Hill Exchange Club presented trophies to the 2013 derby winners in the various categories immediately following the derby, as well as several door prizes. Those derby categories included First Fish Caught, Most Total Pounds (limit of 10 catfish), and Heaviest Fish. The trophies were donated by the Exchange Club of Richmond Hill. This year, our winners and their families were also invited to enjoy a 4-hour bass fishing trip at Waterways Township, in their Bill Dance-designed championship bass lake, and thanks to Vance Askew of Waterways for making this possible. In addition to these awards, there were also door-prizes provided by the Exchange Club and given away during the derby. The Exchange Club wishes to give special thanks the staff of the local Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery for their assistance over the past twenty two years, as well as the use of their wonderful facilities. The Savannah Coca Cola Bottling Co. has assisted with the use of their Coke Wagon and supplies of products for many years. Their help is greatly appreciated in helping to make the event a continuing success. Thousands of kids and their families have enjoyed this event over the past two-plus decades, and we look forward to continuing the derby for many years to come.

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 24th Annual Kid's Fishing Derby will be

Saturday, June 7, 2014.

We hope to see everyone there.

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