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2nd Annual SCDNR Kid’s Fishing Rodeo

It was a bright and sunny Saturday for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resource’s 2nd Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo. The fishing Rodeo was held on Saturday, May 12th at the Glady’s Whidden Park in Forest Hills. Three days before the event, SCDNR officers released approximately 600 pounds of catfish into the pond to ensure that the participants would have plenty of opportunity to catch a fish. According to SCDNR Sgt. Andrew Godowns, “We had 55 children show up and register on site and over 65 adults in attendance.” This is the second year that Sgt. Godowns and SCDNR officers have hosted this event at the park. “Being only the second year we have done this in Walterboro I was so pleased to see more kids and parents come out this year from last year,” Sgt. Godowns said, “I hope as word spreads we can make it a big event for the community.”

The event began at 9am and ended around noon. At 11:00am, SCDNR officers held a free raffle for all individuals who registered during the fishing rodeo. “The weather was perfect and every kid caught fish,” Sgt. Godowns said, “We gave away goodie bags at registration. We drew names for prizes at the end giving away over 20 items and the last prize being a lifetime license through SCDNR.” Dylan Ketchum, fifth grader at Forest Hills Elementary won the lifetime fishing license. Kids, parents, and grandparents could be seen lined up around the pond with lines in the water. SCDNR also provided each child with a container of worms to fish with. “It was a great event and huge success,” Sgt. Godowns said, “I would like to thank the City of Walterboro for allowing us to use the pond. Michelle Strickland for designing the flyer and her efforts to schedule the event. Low Country Marine and Northside Pak a Sac for donating all the bait used. Clean Management for providing restrooms and everyone that helped out behind the scenes to make the event a success.”

Amye Stivender (218 Posts)