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WATCH: Special Olympics Fishing Derby back for 25th year with ‘reel fun’

by From Staff Reports | September 22, 2022 at 4:03 a.m.
Ethan Hart, left, a fifth-grader from Oaklawn STEM Magnet School, and Lake Hamilton student Kai Condley high-five after reeling in a fish during the Hot Springs Board of Realtors Special Olympics Fishing Derby. - Photo by Lance Porter of The Sentinel-Record

The Hot Springs Board of Realtors held its 25th Special Olympics Fishing Derby Wednesday at Family Park.

According to derby organizer Rachel Mundy, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocks the pond at the park with 400 catchable fish.

"This is the 25th year that we've done it," Mundy said. "We haven't been able to do it since 2019, so we're really excited."

Mundy said the board contacts all local school districts at the start of the school year and districts RSVP with the number of students participating in the derby.

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"It's for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade in all local schools," she said. "They're very, very excited because a lot of these kids have never fished in their life. We actually cook the fish that they catch, too, so that's pretty neat."

The Lake Hamilton Bass Fishing Team was on hand to conduct a professional weigh-in, she said.

"There's plenty of prizes -- every kid gets a prize," Mundy said. "The Lake Hamilton Bass-N- Wolves do a professional weigh-in so every kid that catches a fish gets their name called. It's just super exciting."

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