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Plenty of fun and awards for participants
in two tournaments at Bronson City Lake
Bronson, Kansas

Saturday, July 3, 2004

The Bronson Free Kids Fishing Derby, hosted by Chris Woods, was a huge success. Thirty-seven kids from 3 to 15 years old showed up at the Bronson City Lake to take part in the fun sport of fishing. The derby started at 8 am on Saturday, July 3rd and the fishing ended at 11 am. The weather was excellent for fishing. Kirk Camac, the Uniontown High School FFA President, had several FFA members present all day to help register the kids, measure and record the fish, and cook and serve lunch. After registering, every participating kid received a goody bag filled with fishing tackle and a t-shirt from OK Kids. Using either live or artificial bait, the young anglers tried their luck in catching a lunker. The kids fished in two separate age divisions, 10 years old and under and 11 to 15 years old. Trophies and certificates were given to the young anglers who managed to catch the longest fish, shortest fish, and the most fish in his or her age category. In the 10 and under division, Tyeesha Perry , from Bronson, won the longest fish with a channel cat measuring 20 1/4 inches. Also from Bronson, Seth Cuppy took both the shortest fish, 4 inches, and the most fish, 13 total. The 11 to 15 year old category also had two winners. Jesse Camac, from Bronson, had the shortest fish only measuring 3 inches, while Luke Wheeler had the longest fish, a 20 inch channel cat, and the most fish, totaling 9. After a hard morning of fishing, the kids enjoyed grilled hotdogs and chips generously donated by Chuck and Sandra Woods, and ice cold soda donated by Coca-Cola of Fort Scott and Jolt Cola. After lunch, Fishing Conservationist, Jim Bussone, gave the kids a wonderful talk about why we fish and how to conserve the sport of fishing. Before the trophies were awarded, the youngsters had the chance at winning several nice fishing prizes from a drawing. Several ki! ds staye d to fish more after the derby was all over. I want to thank everyone who helped make the Bronson Free Kids Fishing Derby a huge success. A special thanks goes out to the City of Bronson, the Uniontown FFA, Jolt Cola, Coca-Cola, Andrew Ohlbaum, Carl Marsh, Kansas Wildlife Foundation, and Nick Russo. If anyone would like to donate prizes for next years derby please contact Chris Woods by phone at 620-939-4572 or by e-mail at

The Bronson Bass Fishing Tournament had 10 entries. The largest bass tipped the scales at 3 1/2 pounds. The biggest bass won $10. First place received $84 and second got $56.

The adult softball games were a hit! Everyone had a blast.

The fireworks display by Randell Woods was awesome. It lasted almost 45 minutes.

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