City of Charleston holds annual Kids Fishing Derby

Miranda Holman
From little to big, kids ages 2 to 14 enjoyed the morning of fishing.
The beautiful weather provided a day of fun for many Charleston families who participated in the annual Kids Fishing Derby.

The City of Charleston hosted its annual Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 15, at the Charleston fishing pond. The beautiful weather drew a crowd of over 150 attendees who enjoyed a morning of fishing, along with free hot dogs, drinks and goody bags.

Community members, city staff, and the Charleston Police Department volunteer their time and effort to make the fishing derby happen every year. The event is cosponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

A spokesperson for the city of Charleston said, "According to the records I inherited, this was the 20th year for the derby. Last year would have been the 20th year, but the derby was canceled due to COVID."

Instead of place prizes, the city decided to draw for door prizes. Each participant received a number when they registered, and at the end of the derby numbers were drawn for the winners. "We want to thank members of our community and local businesses for their generosity in donating prizes and goodie bag stuffers," said the spokesperson. The city said they are also grateful to Arkansas Valley Electric and Charleston City Council members for their donations, which provided food and prizes for the event.