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Kids Fishing Day ready for fun day at FOP

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

The weather looks good for a fun day at the Shelby County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 84 this weekend.

Children ages 16 and younger are invited to attend the third annual Kids Fishing Day event, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the FOP, 1237 N. Knightstown Road in Shelbyville. The event is free including food.

The day is an opportunity for local children to learn how to fish and to spend time outdoors with family and friends. Children who are 16 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Families with fishing poles are encouraged to bring their own; however, there will be a limited number available for those children who don’t. Nightcrawlers for bait will also be available, Jack Bassett, one of the organizers said.

The forecast for Saturday shows highs in the upper 70s with little chance of rain, a welcome reversal from last year, in which expected showers came to fruition, forcing the event to be postponed.

“It’s gonna be perfect,” Bassett said. “A lot better than last year.”

He’s hopeful that more than 200 children attend — not including their parents.

There will be hooks, sinkers and bobbers available to use along with the poles and bait. Bassett encouraged anyone with fishing nets to bring them so that children don’t get too close to the water.

Carl Kremer, who owns a food trailer, offered to provide his services.

Bassett said he warned Kremer that last year, they ran through 350 hot dogs, forcing them to go out and buy more during the event, but Kremer said he had plenty for children, parents and volunteers.

Along with the fishing and food, there will be a bounce house for children and one of the Shelbyville fire trucks will be there for children to explore and take photos on. One of the K-9s from the Shelbyville Police Department will also be on hand.

The FOP renovations are almost done and the bathrooms in the building will also be available, Bassett said.

He encouraged families to park as close as they can in the FOP parking lot. At last year’s event, the parking lot became full and families were forced to park on Knightstown Road, he said.