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Big fish, big fun

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Dr. John Confer, Zane Reinard
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Posted on April 9, 2010

Visit the Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival website.


A California stream will be stocked with hundreds of trout for the 15th annual Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival, set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 at Rotary Park, off Route 88 (Third Street) in California.

The free event is open to boys and girls age 15 and younger. Participants must bring their own fishing gear, and an adult must accompany children under 13.

The Pike Run Fishing Festival Committee, which for years has provided entertainment and food for the event, will stock the stream with nearly 800 rainbow, brook and golden trout, some as long as 21 inches. Young anglers and the public are encouraged to participate in the stocking of the stream during the early afternoon on Friday.

In addition, students from a Cal U parks and recreation class will hold a special fishing session from 3-7 p.m. Friday as a service-learning project for physically challenged and special needs children

Registration for the fishing festival begins at 7 a.m. Saturday. The weigh-in will be held when fishing ends; prizes and trophies will be awarded immediately. Besides excellent fishing, participants can look forward to family-friendly games, raffles, fishing contests and many other activities during the festival.

"This annual event demonstrates the valuable contributions of our students make and positive impact they have on the California Borough and the surrounding area," said Dr. John Confer, an adviser for the festival who directs Cal's Parks and Recreation Management program.

"This is the largest and longest-running California area community recreational activity, and everyone involved in the event learns about environmental stewardship."

Confer also praised fellow Cal U faculty member Dr. Harrison Pinckney for leading Friday's fishing session.

Festival co-sponsors include the Student Activities Board, the Department of Earth Sciences, and the Parks and Recreation program at California University, as well as the Cal U Eco Learning Community in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, California Rotary Club, Borough of California and the California Borough Recreation Authority.

Visit the Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival website.