Club wants to hook kids on fishing at North Ridgeville Corn Festival

 

Photo Courtesy The North Ridgeville Fishing Club The North Ridgeville Fishing Club is hoping for a large turnout for its fishing derby Saturday during the Corn Festival.

By KAREN CODY

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Members of the North Ridgeville Fishing Club love to swap stories of great catches, but what they love even more is teaching kids to fish.

The club will hold a fishing derby at South Central Park Saturday morning during the Corn Festival.  Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is open to youth, ages 3-15.

“We were hoping for a better turn out last year, but rain was in the forecast and many families didn’t come,” club president Denver Malcomb said. “So far the forecast calls for a sunny day this year and we are excited.”

The North Ridgeville Fishing Club was founded more than 20 years ago by Bob and Audrey Kirkpatrick. A lot of the founding members have passed away, but their memories live on within the programs current members provide. One goal is to be involved in the community, and they do this through teaching basic fishing skills to children.

“In the past we have taught 100 to150 kids per year and have fished alongside the same numbers,” Malcomb said. “2017 has been our biggest year yet. In April, we taught 314 third-graders at Liberty School to fish. They each received a brand new fishing pole and a certification for passing the course.”

This group also volunteers with the North Ridgeville Rotary Club, providing fishing opportunities and assistance to disabled children in the area. Since the beginning of the year, they have taught or fished with more than a thousand children, all under the age of 15.

Club volunteers take courses from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for teaching certification. They also go through a background check process to ensure program safety.

The North Ridgeville Fishing Club members are looking forward to the Corn Festival and hope to introduce more children to fishing. The club took first place for its entry in the Grande Parade in 2014.  The club also set up a booth to distribute information.

Last year was the first fishing derby at the Corn Festival and members thought it would be fun to bait only with corn. To return to traditional methods, the club will allow other types of bait during the derby this weekend. Free food will be provided to all fishers and their families who participate in the event.

For more information, follow the club’s Facebook page North Ridgeville Fishing Club.


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