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Youth fishing derby promotes safe outdoor activities

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Even though, the sun didn't come out Saturday morning, many families still flocked to Bacon Creek Park in Sioux City for the 18th annual Rivercade youth fishing derby.

More than 400 kids ages 4 to 12 tried their hand at fishing.

Event organizers said their theme is "hooked on fishing, not on drugs," and the goal is to get every child in Sioux City out for a fun day on the shore.

"You want to spend quality time with a child, take them fishing. It's just a wonderful event, the excitement of it, the patience they learn while they're waiting, being out here with this many other children," Rivercade Event Coordinator/Commodore Phil Claeys said.

And, many of the youngsters said they're enjoying their time at Bacon Creek Park, and of course, it's always rewarding to catch a big fish!

"I like to go fishing because you can let them free and go fishing again," 8-year-old Mackenzie Tweet said.

"My favorite part is about catching the fish because the fish, people can eat fish, and it would be yummy," 8-year-old Eli Sandage said.

The event cost $5 to register.

This money went toward fully equipping the kids with a rod, reel, and tackle box, so they can go fishing all summer long.

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