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Families come out for Kids Fishing Derby
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Photo provided by Exchange Club of Richmond Hill.

The Exchange Club of Richmond Hill held its 28th annual Kids Fishing Derby Saturday at the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery. More than 250 children and an equal number of parents and grandparents attended this free event.

Since 1991, the club has held this derby each year, and over 6,000 area children have participated.

"It is truly an activity eagerly anticipated by our community, and provides a great opportunity for families to get together for fun outdoors, and a chance to get back to nature," event chairman Lynn Bennett said.

Trophies were awarded for largest single fish, and most total pounds of fish to children in two age groups -- 6 and under, and 7 to 12.

Three-year-old Alicen Stitt, won two events in the age 6 and under division: largest single fish at 2.90 pounds, and most total pounds at 13.5.

In the age 7 to 12 division, winners for the largest single fish were Anna and Warren Peters, with 3.20 pounds..

Caleb Ward, age 10, won for most total pounds with 14.70. 

The Exchange Club thanked the local DNR staff for the use of their facilities, and for the hot dogs that they cooked again this year. Also, thanks to the Savannah Coca-Cola Bottling Company for the use of their Coke Wagon and Coke products.

Door prizes were also given away to numerous children during the event.

Organizers look forward to next year's Derby on June 6, 2020.

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