(Photo by Photo by Jill Bock, Staff)
SIKESTON -- For many Sikeston families, taking their children fishing during the Elks annual Fishing Derby is as much a part of the Fourth of July as fireworks.
On Saturday some 30 youngsters, accompanied by a host of adults, took part in the annual event around the lake at the Sikeston Sports Complex. The morning started off with near perfect temperatures, before heating up as the hours passed.
Bo Ozment, chairman of the Elks Fishing Derby, has watched families take part in the event for the past 17 years. He estimated the Fishing Derby has been sponsored by the local organization for nearly a quarter of a century.
"This is a good chance for families to get together and enjoy each other," said Ozment. "And we get to be part of it."
According to Ozment, not only is it a chance to have fun but also every youngster, whether they reel in a fish or not, will win a prize.
Added Charlie McGill, "The kids enjoy it."
For 7-year-old Brianna West the day was a big success. She was among the first to pull in a fish.
She explained she likes to go fishing for the obvious reason: "Because you get fish!"