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Kids Fishing Day needs sponsors

Residents wait to catch a fish during the first annual Kids Fishing Day event in 2017. This year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 7.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

For the past two years, little children have had the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon outdoors at the Shelby County Fraternal Order of Police lake. In the process, they discovered the fun in fishing.

That was the original idea when Jack Bassett and Brad Landwerlen, organizers of Kids Fishing Day, came up with the idea.

Now in their third year of putting on the event, Bassett and Landwerlen are hopeful that the weather won’t necessitate delaying the event for the second year in a row.

A year ago, almost 200 people attended the event at the Shelby County Fraternal Order of Police lake, slightly down from the inaugural year in 2017.

Last year’s event was delayed due to weather, and attendance was down from the heat wave that struck Shelbyville that particular weekend.

While it’s too early to predict what the weather will be like in September, Bassett and Landwerlen have been busy organizing the third annual event, scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7.

Before they get to that day, though, they need sponsors.

For $100, the sponsor will get their name on the banner that’s used for the event. A $250 donation will get that company’s logo on the banner.

In order to be included on the banner, donations must be given by 10 a.m. Sept. 2, Bassett said.

To become a sponsor of Kids Fishing Day, call Bassett at 317-364-1018.

The goal this year is to raise $5,000, Bassett said.

Much like last year’s event, organizers plan to spend any additional donations leftover from the event and giving it to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis. Last year, they bought legos for Riley patients and later delivered them.

“No matter what we’ll do something for Riley,” Bassett said.

This year’s event will include the debut of a bouncy house, as well as visits from the Shelbyville police and fire departments. Children will be able to meet a K-9 and explore a fire truck.

Bait and hooks will be available for children who do not have their own. There will also be food and drinks available.