by Lisa Tome
Mark Hyman can't help but be hooked on fishing.
He has so many fond memories of watching children fish at the annual Greater Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce Youth Fishing Derby.
"I watched a little girl with a Barbie pole pull out a fish that's bigger than my head," laughed Hyman, owner of Ramsey Ford and coordinator for this event, which is in its 24th year.
This year's derby, which is for children ages 12 and under, is set for Saturday, May 2 from 8-11 a.m. at the town pond on West Main Street.
Registration for those ages 12 and under begins at 7:30 a.m. Fishing runs from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Those who want to have all paperwork in order prior to the event, may obtain the permission forms from the Greater Rising Sun Chamber website.
Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories such as smallest fish caught and most fish caught.
"I really do look forward to this," said Hyman. "It's fun for the kids and fun for me too. It's multi-generational, you see kids fishing with their grandparents. I like how this is a tradition for families."
Derby sponsors for this year are the chamber, Department of Natural Resources, Senator Wayne Norman, Town of Rising Sun, VSS Business Solutions, Hunter's Sale Barn, Crothers Insurance, and Harrington Body Shop.
Fire police, from Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, have worked at the event for years, keeping children safe as they make their way to and from the pond.
"I look forward to this every year. We always have a great turnout. It's fun to see the kids' faces when they catch a fish. This event is unique to Rising Sun. No other town has anything like this," said Hyman.
Admission is free and the derby is held rain or shine. Participants must supply their own bait and tackle.