Register now for the 32nd Annual Olathe Kids Free Fishing Derby

kids fishing derby logoRegistration now is underway for the 32nd Annual Olathe Kids Free Fishing Derby scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 15, at Cedar Lake Park, located south of 151st Street at 15500 Lone Elm Road in southwest Olathe.

This is a free event with free giveaways that include worms, hooks, bobbers and T-shirts (while supplies last) for youngsters ages 3 to 15 and for seniors 60 and older for the first 700 registered participants that check in the day of the Derby. There also is a free hotdog lunch with chips and drink for the entire family from 11 to noon followed by trophy presentations. Water will be provided by Olathe’s Bass Pro during the Derby.

Five trophies will be awarded to participants in the various age divisions and gender categories for largest fish. Prizes will be awarded based on a random drawing of registration numbers. More than 300 prizes are given away, which include rod-and-reel combos, tackle assortments, tackle boxes, hats, various gift cards, and various gift certificates.

In 2012, more than 1,500 people were served the free lunch, which was provided by Hy-Vee Foods and prepared by volunteers from the Olathe Community sportsman Club.

Other volunteers that help make the event a success come from the Olathe Bass Club, Cops and bobbers, the Olathe American Legion Post 153, Olathe Clockwinders Optimist Club, Olathe Noon Optimist Club, Gals Go Fish, Association of Administrative Professionals, Olathe Evening Optimist Club, students from the Olathe Student Development, and the Leadership Olathe Alumni Association.

To register, go to the Olathe Parks and Recreation website at and click on the appropriate code to register online.

Check-in the day of the event is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Fishing will be from 9  to 11 a.m followed by lunch and trophy presentation and awarding of prizes.

To view video and photos of last year’s event, check out the Olathe Kids Fishing Derby Facebook page at

The Derby is sponsored each year by various organizations, civic groups and local businesses. Last year’s sponsors were:

2012 Derby Organizers:
•    Gals Go Fish
•    Olathe American Legion Post 153
•    Olathe Clockwinders Optimist Club
•    Olathe Community Sportsman Club
•    Olathe Evening Optimist Club
•    Olathe Noon Optimist Club
•    Olathe Parks & Recreation Dept

2012 Premium Sponsors:
•    AKKA Karate USA
•    Advanced Laser Tag
•    Bullet Weights
•    Dick’s Sporting Goods
•    Noodles & Company
•    Olathe Bass Pro Shops
•    Olathe Clockwinders Optimist Club
•    Olathe Hy-Vee Stores
•    Pepsi
•    Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
•    Snap Fitness
•    Tim’s Tire Center
•    Sir Speedy

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