A group of about 200 children gathered to participate in the 29th-annual Kids Fishing Derby at Sand Springs Lake June 8.
Church That Matters reportedly took over as host of the derby from the American Legion about eight years ago and has stocked the lake with 200 pounds of fish, including catfish and bass, before the event for the last four years.
“It went really well…we’ve seen the amount of fish caught go up,” Church That Matters Lead Pastor Rusty Gunn said of the event. “We gave away a lot of door prizes, including a two-man bass boat.”
Briley Blaylock won in the division for 4-6 year olds, Owen Russell won in the division for 7-9 year olds and Dalton Lunn won in the division for 10-12 year olds. Russell also caught the biggest fish overall, while Julianna Romero caught the smallest fish and Peyton Simms caught the biggest turtle.
“We think it was so important to still have the fishing derby even in the middle of all the things happening in our community right now with flood recovery,” Gunn said in a statement. “The fishing derby helped provide some consistency in the chaos for these children and their families.”