Kids’ Fishing Rodeo a huge success

By Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce

The 2nd Annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo held on Saturday, April 12, at Choctaw Lake was a huge success.
The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Forest Service, Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, Farm Bureau Insurance and K&M Portables, LLC sponsored the fishing rodeo.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) stocked Choctaw Lake with catfish. The U.S. Forest Service waived the daily park fee at the Choctaw Management Area for families during the fishing rodeo. There was a seven fish limit for each child at the beginning of the rodeo, but was changed to 10 fish after many of the children caught their limit early in the day.
Choctaw Lake and the recreational area was packed with a total of 403 kids, parents/guardians and volunteers taking part in the Kids’ Fishing Rodeo.
Everyone participating in the fishing rodeo helps make this event a success and possible to do again next year.

As kids registered for the Fishing Rodeo they received a cap donated by the Southern Company.
At the opening ceremony District 35 Rep. Joey Hood welcomed and thanked all parents and children for attending the rodeo. Choctaw County District 4 Supervisor David Carter led everyone in prayer. Boy Scout Troop 141led the Pledge of Allegiance. Jordan Box sang the national anthem. Sherry Hazelwood, MDWFP Special Projects Officer/State Fishing Rodeo Coordinator, gave all the families the rules for having a fun, safe day of fishing.
Children who caught a catfish with a red tag received a special door prize. Area businesses donated door prizes for the fishing rodeo. The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the local businesses and community supporters for their door prize donations.
Smokey the Bear from the U.S. Forest Service made a special appearance at the fishing rodeo to pass out fire prevention materials to the kids and take pictures.
Farm Bureau Insurance fed all of the children a hot dog lunch and provided hamburgers for all of the volunteers.
The fishing rodeo would not have been successful without the time and effort of volunteers from the community.
The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the community supporters of the fishing rodeo.