Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District and Oak Harbor FFA will be hosting the annual free youth fishing derby during the Ottawa County Fair on Sunday, July 20. All kids ages 12 and under are invited to participate in the fishing derby. The event will take place at the race track infield pond and will being promptly at the scheduled times for each group: 9-10 a.m. 0-5 years and 10:15-11:15 a.m. 6-12 years
Prizes will be awarded to the boys and girls of each class for the most fish caught (ties will be broken by weight), the largest fish caught (by weight) and the smallest fish caught (by weight). There is also a guaranteed prize for anyone that registers before July 16.
Contestants are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles and bait, however, poles and bait will be provided to contestants that need them. Contestants are permitted on pole with a single hook and must hold their own fishing poles while they fish. Adults are permitted to assist with baiting hooks and landing the fish. Contestants are also required to wear shoes. The pre-registration for a guaranteed prize is due Wednesday, July 16, by 8 p.m. The final registration time is Saturday, July 19, by 6 p.m. Registration cards can be picked up 15 minutes before the scheduled time. General admission into the fair is $5 daily for ages 9 and older.
To learn more about the youth fishing derby or to print the entry form for the event, go to ottawaswcd.com. For any additional questions, please call the Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District at 419-898-1595.