Unger & Peanut Memorial Kids Fishing Derby

16th annual event is Saturday at Mitchell Park

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The 16th annual Daryle Unger & Peanut Memorial Kids Fishing Derby is scheduled Saturday, June 3 at Mitchell Park in Greenfield.

Jim Jones, who has coordinated the fishing derby throughout its history, said the free event will kick off at 9 a.m. with the youngest age group (7 years and under) getting the first chance to hook a big fish from 9 until 10 a.m.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the 8-to-12-year-old group will cast their lines.

From noon to 1 p.m., the older kids ages 13-18 will try their angling skills.

All the participants will receive prizes, and usually about 300 children participate in the derby.

The first derby was held in 2001, the year that former Greenfield resident Daryle Unger passed away.

“Daryle had done so much for the community and he loved kids,” said Jones, who created the fishing derby as a way to honor Unger.

“Every kid that comes gets something,” Jones said, “and it is because of the great generosity of the people and businesses of this community that we are able to provide these prizes to every kid.”

The annual fishing derby is completely funded by individual and business donations.

While participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing rod, bait and tackle, these items will be available if they are needed. Participants are asked to come a few minutes before their age group is scheduled to fish so that the participant’s parent/guardian has time to fill out the appropriate paperwork.

Submitted by Ron Coffey, Greenfield city manager.

16th annual event is Saturday at Mitchell Park

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