Fishing Derby to Kick off Day of Recreation

By Reinbold, Greg | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 29, 2015 | Go to article overview

Fishing Derby to Kick off Day of Recreation


Reinbold, Greg, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


As warmer weather reaches the region, outdoor recreational opportunities abound. On Sunday, Friends of Keystone State Park and co-sponsors will host the sixth annual Youth and Family Day at the park to show off the many outdoor activities.

"This event was actually started to promote Southwestern Pennsylvania and the recreational activities you can do on just a tankful of gas," said John Kozubal, Friends Youth and Family Day coordinator.

The free event has grown in popularity each year, Kozubal said, and the 1,200-acre park in Derry Township is preparing to be packed with people excited about exploring the outdoors.

"The park estimates we get between 3,000 and 4,000 people at this event," he said. "Anybody that's 16 and under, when they come, they register, and they're eligible for the prizes we give out throughout the day."

"We have over 400 kids come to this event," Friends President Jim Delesandro said. "It's a big event. Last year, I believe, we gave away something like 1,700 hot dogs, so you can imagine what kind of event it is."

This year, the all-day event will kick off with a youth fishing derby for the first time. Registration will start at 7 a.m. below Pavilion 1 near the fishing area for disabled individuals on Keystone Lake.

The fishing derby is open to kids up to age 18. The participant in each age bracket who reels in the biggest fish will earn a prize.

Participants 16 and older will need a valid Pennsylvania state fishing license. Youngsters under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

"We will get them started in fishing and enjoying the outdoors," Kozubal said. "I have a very good supporting cast for this event, and I'm getting more help every year. People just seem to jump on board. I've been blessed with having good people around me. …

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