FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife (KDFW), Operation UNITE, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and many local businesses have partnered with Betty Perry, 82, a native of Floyd, to help organize the 13th annual Fishing with Kids event at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park scheduled for Saturday, June 11.
Perry takes the initiative to organize the event every year, with many companies donating prizes with UNITE and others helping fund the event.
“I get all the kits, I prepare all of that,” Perry said, “because the fisheries can’t do that, they can’t solicit for [prizes]so I do this all year round.
The event gives kids the opportunity to get out and fish for free. Provide children with bait, fishing rods to borrow for the day, etc.
Perry said it’s important to give kids something to do in the summer and teach kids about the joys of the outdoors.
“They can learn a lot from it,” Perry said. “Just to watch them, how much fun they have, and then they see how much fun it can be and when they catch – the little ones catch their first fish, I mean they get really, really excited.”
It also gives kids the chance to pick up fishing tackle, goodie bags, and prizes for free. Some of the biggest prizes include hats autographed by professional fisherman and TV host Bill Dance as well as limited-edition autographed prints by “Kentucky Afield” artist and naturalist Rick Hill.
“We would like them to bring the kids and attend, it’s free and they have a chance to win some great prizes, we have bags full,” Perry said.
Perry also said she would like to thank everyone who teamed up and sponsored the event to ensure the children had a wonderful time.
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