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Fishing rodeo set Saturday in Philadelphia

By By Penny Randall / staff writer
JUNE 12, 2003
Get your hook, line and sinker ready for Saturday's fishing rodeo in Philadelphia.
Youth, senior citizens and handicapped persons are invited to experience the great outdoors.
About 1,200 people are expected to attend Saturday's rodeo. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., fishing gets underway at 8 a.m. and weigh-in begins about 11 a.m. Trophies and prizes for the largest fish and the largest catch in different age categories will be awarded. Several tagged fish also carry special prizes.
Fishing equipment and bait are furnished, but Hazelwood recommends that participants bring their own equipment in case supplies run out.
The rodeo is held twice a year in June and October at Airpark Pond owned by Dr. Walt Willis.
In addition to residents of area nursing homes, more than 30 children from the Mississippi School for the Deaf and Blind in Jackson will participate.
Activities will also include balloon art, a casting class, gospel and country entertainers, face painting and clothesline art.
In the coming year, Hazelwood will coordinate 29 fishing rodeos around the state.
What: Fishing Rodeo
When: Saturday, registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; fishing begins at 8 a.m.
Where: Airpark Pond, Highway 19 South in Philadelphia
Sponsors: Philadelphia 4-H Club, Futura Club, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Wal-Mart and several other businesses.
Cost: Free
Call: Sherry Hazelwood at 656-5003 or 656-4011