Olathe Kids Free Fishing Derby set for June 18

The 35th Annual free Olathe Kids Fishing Derby for youngsters 3-15, as well as seniors 60 and older, is scheduled for Saturday, June 18, at Olathe’s Cedar Lake’s north shore.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and fishing begins at 9.

(Check out the Olathe Kids Fishing Derby Facebook page by clicking here.)

The Kids Fishing Derby began in 1981 and has been enjoyed by three generations of Olathe families.

The purpose of the derby is to promote the sport of fishing to our youth and provide an event to be enjoyed by the whole family. Every participant receives a gift bag which contains hooks, weights, a bobber, and a bottle of water, plus they receive a T-shirt and a cup of worms. All participants and all family members receive a hot dog, chips and beverage lunch.

Trophies are awarded to the anglers who catch the longest fish in different age groups for boys and girls and the senior division.

Participants can either register on the morning of the derby or can pre-register on-line at the City of Olathe website (olatheKs.org) under the special events section of the Parks and Recreation page.

The derby is sponsored by the Kids Annual Fishing Derby, Inc., which is a non-profit corporation and by the Parks and Recreation Department. All costs are covered by individual and corporate donations. Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact Megan Spence at the Parks and Recreation Department.

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Kenneth “Pete” Pitts. Mr. Pitts was an avid supporter of the derby for many years. He passed away last February.

Our board of directors is always looking for volunteers to help plan and supervise this event. Anyone interested in helping should contact Megan Spence (913-971-8605) at Parks and Rec.

And it’s good family fun!

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