by Lisa Tome
Mark Hyman is still hooked on fishing.
For the 22nd year, the Greater Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce will host the Youth Fishing Derby at the West Main Street Pond. Hyman, owner of Ramsey Ford, is again coordinating the event, which will be held Saturday, May 3.
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 for largest fish, second largest, third largest, fourth largest, most fish caught, second most, third most, fourth most, and smallest fish.
"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 Ramsey Ford, the Greater Rising Sun Chamber, Graybeal's Automotive, Crothers Insurance, Harrington Body Shop, and Hunter's Sale Barn supply donated prizes. Most years, each child also receives some surprise gifts.
Hyman said as of late last week, preparations are still coming together. He said that Pam Haines, who works for the Town of Rising Sun, has provided invaluable assistance. He also said the the 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.
"This is a real community effort," said Hyman. "I really do get excited about this. I enjoy doing it for the kids and the community."
Admission is free and is limited to children ages 12 and under. The derby is held rain or shine. Participants must supply their own bait and tackle.