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First Community Bank Youth Fishing Rodeo May 5

After one- year hiatus, popular kids fishing competition returns to Tilden Rodgers Park with pro angler Mark Rose

ralphhardin@gmail.com You get a line and I’ll get a pole, and don’t forget to grab the kids. On Saturday, May 5, First Community Bank of Eastern Arkansas and Rose Outdoors present the fifth annual Fish’N for Fun Kids Rodeo with Mark Rose after a one-year hiatus.

The youth fishing rodeo will take place at Tilden Rodgers Park in West Memphis. Rose, a professional fisherman and Marion native, holds this event near and dear to his heart.

“The vision that I had originally was of giving back to the community in some way,” Rose explained at the 2016 rodeo. “It was a goal of mine to have a big event around the lake every year, but I wanted it to be done right, as well.”

Rose got help from Donnie Underwood at First Community Bank, Angel’s Way Baptist Church, the West Memphis Parks Department and a host of volunteers to make his vision a reality.

“We have a good group of people that make this thing run, and it’s run right,” added Rose.

Rose said that a record number of children participated in the 2016 rodeo, and hopes after not having the event in 2017, the community’s children will show up in big numbers. “That’s the best part,” Rose said of the local children’s involvement. “I like to make the kids feel special. A lot of kids caught their very first fish at our rodeo, and that’s a really special moment. I certainly remember my first fish, and I hope that they remember theirs.”

This year’s rodeo promises to continue that tradition.

Registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. (must be registered by 8 a.m.) Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m., and runs through 11:30 a.m. The event is free, open to kids in kindergarten through age 15. It’s a “bring-your-own-poleand- bait” event, and each child must be accompanied by an adult.

“Catching little green fish has provided me my livelihood,” said Rose. “And it’s a great way to give back to these kids.”

There will be fun, food and prizes, free T-shirts to the first 100 kids, and it all happens this Saturday, May 5, at Gammon Lake at Tilden Rodgers Park in West Memphis.

By Ralph Hardin

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