DEARBORN, Michigan – Thirty six children, ages 12 and under, caught 49 fish during the Fishing Derby at Dearborn’s annual Homecoming festival.
The event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dearborn and with fishing supplies provided by Eppinger Manufacturing Co. of Dearborn.
This was the eighth year that the Rotary Club has organized and sponsored the increasingly popular event in a reservoir adjacent to the Rouge River and Ford Field Park. Families of participating children also enjoy the event. Thirteen Rotarians and two of their spouses assisted in the event.
“The poles and bait are free,” said Merritt Robertson, Dearborn Rotarian and event chair. “It’s a fun activity for families and for our Rotarians.” Children also enjoyed strawberry jello worms provided by Rotarian Sue Waters.
The longest fish caught this year was 14 inches, a largemouth bass. Another fish was 12 inches long. All of the fish were released back into the Rouge River. Prizes are awarded for the longest and most fish caught in three different age groups.
About Dearborn Rotary
Established in 1923, the Rotary Club of Dearborn is one of 33,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries worldwide. Rotary is the world’s first and largest international service organization, founded in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, a lawyer, in Chicago, Illinois. The Rotary Club of Dearborn meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Park Placeat Outer Drive and Park Street in Dearborn. Guests are always welcome. For more information, visit www.DearbornRotary.org or call 313-278-7233.