Walker County Mayors to Host Area’s First Annual Youth Fishing Rodeo

A free fishing event Fishing Rodeo for the Mayor’s Kids will be held Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m. at John Ross Commons Ponds in Rossville.

“With school ending soon, parents will no doubt begin the yearly task of finding healthy and fun activities to keep their kids busy through the summer and a few of the Walker County mayors have banded together to help fill one of those many summer Saturdays,” officials said.

Mayor Teddy Harris of Rossville says, “I’ve always loved driving by the ponds and seeing the local kids fishing and one day I was struck – we should have a fishing rodeo.

With the support of fellow elected Mayor Arnold of Lafayette and Mayor Bennett of Lookout Mountain, and with the help of the Rossville Downtown Development Authority and several local citizens and organizations, the first annual fishing rodeo for children in mayor was planned.

“Although this is only the first year of the fishing rodeo, the event is already causing a stir in the community,” officials said.

Although the event is completely free and scheduled on one of Georgia’s “free peaches”,
days”, which means that no fishing license is required to participate, several organizers were concerned that some young people in the area would not have access to a fishing rod or other equipment necessary to participate. To prevent this from happening, several community members and businesses have stepped up to donate funds and equipment, including 25 rod and reel setups which were donated by the Bass Pro Shops location to a few miles north of Rossville at East Ridge.

The Georgian Ministry of Natural Resources also plans to stock the ponds with 400 catfish ahead of the event.

Tobey Hill, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority, said: “Thanks to all of our volunteers and community supporters, it looks like we are all set to have a successful fishing rodeo.”

For more information or to register a child to participate, visit the event on Facebook by searching
“The Fishing Rodeo for the Mayor of Rossville’s Children.” There is a link in the event description where you can complete the registration form, or the form will be provided via a QR code on the day of the event.

Prizes will be awarded to children in certain age groups for the first fish caught, the biggest fish caught and the most fish caught.

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