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TODAY: PIKE RUN YOUTH FISHING FESTIVAL

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Contact:
Dr. John Confer
724-938-4211
confer@calu.edu

Posted on April 13, 2011

 

Event Details
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
April 23
Rotary Park, off Route 88 (Third Street)


Young anglers can try their luck at the 16th annual Pike Run Youth Fishing Festival, set for 8 a.m. -3 p.m. April 23 at Rotary Park, off Route 88 (Third Street) in California.

The free event is open to boys and girls ages 15 and younger. Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult. 

Participants may bring their own fishing gear, or they can borrow equipment from a Cal U student volunteer as part of the state Fish and Boat Commission’s Borrow-A-Rod-and-Reel program.

The Pike Run Fishing Festival Committee will stock the stream with nearly 800 rainbow, brook and golden trout, some as big as 24 inches. As it has done in the past, the committee will provide entertainment and food for the event.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. Besides excellent fishing, participants can look forward to family-friendly games, raffles, fishing contests and many other activities. The festival closes with a weigh-in, prizes and the awarding of trophies.

Youngsters are encouraged to help stock the stream at 2 p.m. April 22, the official date of Earth Day 2011.

The fishing festival is co-sponsored by Cal U’s Student Government, the Department of Earth Sciences’ parks and recreation program and the Cal U Eco Learning Community, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the California Rotary Club, the Borough of California and the California Borough Recreation Authority.

Dr. John Confer, the faculty adviser for this event, says the festival has attracted as many as 200 youths in each of the past five years.

“Everyone involved in the event learns about environmental stewardship,” said Confer of the Cal U Earth Sciences Department.  In addition to introducing children to fishing, “this is excellent experience in community involvement for the college students who work the event,” he said.