The sun peeked on the Annual Fishing Rodeo momentarily this morning (5.20.17) as scores of children dropped their hooks into IH Lake to catch fish and win prizes.
Under overcast skies with a threat of rain, about 90 children ages 4-12 came to the Park at 4523 Canada Road accompanied by their parents, grandparents or other grown-ups.
The horn sounded at 8:15 a.m. and quickly the first girl and boy caught fish and the first prizes: Alec Gnapp, a fourth grader at Kate Bond School in Bartlett; and Breleigh Bunker, a fourth-grader at Lakeland Elementary School (LES).
From Kim Odom with the City of Lakeland, other winners:
Breleigh also won for longest fish, 24.75.
Leo Kimery, 7, of Mason – Most Fish Caught – Boy (6).
Ella Burnett, 5, of Lakeland – Most Fish Caught – Girl (8).
The Rodeo included seven 15-minute sessions with winners named all morning.
Andy Tweed and Jeff Peach from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency were on hand to monitor the event and distribute a picnic table full of prizes.
Participants came from Lakeland and also East Memphis, Bartlett, Mason and Millington.
Dolgor Tsagaan came with her 7-year-old son Munka Erdene Amgalan, who has been in Memphis for treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is in remission from a brain tumor, said his mother, and he started first grade at LES this month.
The family is from Mongolia and is sponsored by Highland Heights Presbyterian Church. They are staying at the Randy Brockwell home in Lakeland. Mrs. Tsagaan said her son is being treated as an outpatient at St. Jude. Munka was diagnosed in 2011.
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