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  Kids celebrate bass fishing at Family Fest
By Darl Black
BASS Times, July 2005

Family Fest
At last year's Family Fest at the Classic in Charlotte, kids from all over the area showed up to get pros' autographs, pick up free samples from Classic sponsors, and participate in a fishing derby. 
The 2005 Bassmaster Family Fest will be the largest kids-oriented fishing party ever held in Pennsylvania.


Scheduled for Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 28, prior to the 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Classic, Family Fest is a media day built around a fishing derby.


"The first such event held at the Richmond Classic in 1990 drew 600 kids and parents. Today, the numbers have grown tenfold," said Stacy Twiggs, youth program director for BASS.


In addition to fishing sessions, there will be a variety of interactive fun activities for kids of all ages, including clowns, magicians, face painters and a CastingKids exhibition. The CITGO Bassmaster sponsors will have display areas to demonstrate new items for youngsters and parents alike, and in some instances will provide sample products.


One of the most exciting attractions is the greeting area where 2005 Classic contenders will sign autographs, give out trading cards and pose for pictures.


"Fishing is a sport where the children's heroes are still very approachable," said Twiggs. "Access to the pros on the scale provided here is hard to come by in professional sports."


There will be two fishing flights that will each accommodate 500 children or more. BASS Federation state presidents and youth directors from across the country will serve as supervising mentors during the 45-minute fishing sessions. Although fishing takes place from the shore, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and Pittsburgh Water Rescue will provide safety boats throughout the river section.


"We will have up to 1,500 rod-and-reel combos to hand out to fishing derby participants," continued Twiggs. "On-site registration is first come and will be permitted until the 1,500 number is reached. At that point, we cut off the line, so no one has to stand there only to discover the rod-and-reel combos are gone."


Twiggs strongly recommends that area children take advantage of advance registration rather than chance on-site registration. Registration forms may be found online at www.2005bassmaster as well as in the Pittsburgh Gazette. These can be sent to BASS headquarters and processed before Classic Week.


"This event would never take place without cooperation from our great sponsors, especially Zebco, who provides all the rod-and-reel combos, and Pure Fishing who provides Berkley Gulp! Worms," added Twiggs.

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