Optimists Hold Free Fishing Festival

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The Rim Country Optimist Club in conjunction with Payson Parks and Recreation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are sponsoring the Second Annual Fishing Festival at Green Valley Park all day on April 12.

There will be free fishing for all children ages 14 years and younger, as well as adults who sign up at the Game and Fish booth.

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The Rim Country Optimist Club in conjunction with Payson Parks and Recreation and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are sponsoring the Second Annual Fishing Festival at Green Valley Park all day on April 12. There will be free fishing for all children 14 years and younger, as well as adults who sign up at the Game and Fish booth.

Corey Kroll of the local Optimist Club will again plan the days events with his assistant Joan Young working on the details in making this a successful family day of recreational fishing.

All participants who register during the day are eligible for numerous door prizes that will be announced throughout the day.

The top three prizes will be a deluxe fishing float tube, a three-day, two-night stay at Kohl's Ranch, with the grand prizeeing a full-day of fishing on Roosevelt Lake for two with local bass fisherman, Tracy Purtee.

Numerous other fishingrizes will be awarded throughout the day to the lucky drawing winners. The first 300 participants to register will receive a free visor or fishing hat given by the Optimist Club.

It is not necessary to have fishing equipment because the Arizona Game and Fish Department will have an ample supply of loaner rods and they will even provide free trout bait to all anglers. A number of Game and Fish employees will be presentho will be giving tips on successful fishing.

Jim Goughnour, owner of Rim Country Custom Rods and Repair, will present a baitcasting seminar for you bass enthusiasts who may be planning a trip to Roosevelt Lake. He will be teaching some definite tricks that will help you make that next cast more accurate.

Another local bass fisherman, Keith Hunsinger, will be conducting a seminar on lure selection and various techniques for fishing spring and summertime bass in Arizona.
KRIM FM will provide music and have a live remote, with Susan Michaels on the mike, announcing the fishing festival events and raffle winners.

Kit Carson McGuire will provide free photos for those anglers who are fortunate to catch a trout or two during the day.

Capt. John Wisner of the Hellsgate Fire Department will be entertaining childreny creating his balloon animals that he will be giving away throughout the morning. A big thank you goes out to Bashas' and Printing by George who were veryenerous in donating food and advertising for the fishing festival.

The Payson Christian School's principal Teresa Purtee and her husband Tracy are also assisting in coordinating the day's events as well as weighing the big fish during the derby. You won't want to miss the Optimist Fishing Festival on April 12 with registration starting at 6 a.m. and continuing all day long.

This is another opportunity for a wholesome family activity within the city limits of Payson at Green Valley Park.
This weekend enjoy the Arizona outdoors, God's creation.

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