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Take A Kid Fishing:Plus Child Safety Services 2003
June 3, 2003

ADA--This weekend kids will have a chance to win all kinds of prizes; bicycles, fishing tackle, rods & reels, paddle boat, even a computer! Plus, the first 600 kids will get a free tackle box at the time of registration. It all happens Saturday, June 7 at the Elks Lodge lake in Ada, registrations starts at 8 a.m., worms are provided!

“Last year we had an incredible turnout and we’re hoping for the same again this year said local radio station manager Mike Hall. KYKC 100.1 FM radio station has been the local organizer of this annual event that’s now entering its seventh year. People like Chuck Devereaux of Bass Tubs of Oklahoma, local contributors, Elk’s Lodge Ladies Auxiliary, event sponsors and many more contributors have made this event the largest children’s event in this community.

Participants can expect a free lunch of hot dogs and cokes, Culligan water coolers on-site to get a cool drink of water throughout the day, a free tackle box at registration, and many more fishing goodies. This year smaller prizes will be given to the kids in packets, which will shorten the random drawing time when the larger prizes are awarded.

“We’ve always partnered with Chuck Devereaux of Bass Tubs of Oklahoma because we agree with his philosophy that if you get children involved in fishing, your not only spending good quality time with them, but it encourages them to do something fun and deters kids from getting involved with drugs,” Hall said. “Besides, Chuck can really tell great fish stories.”

“What better way to spend a Saturday with your children...I know that when kids are hooked on fishing, they’re not hooked on drugs,” said Chuck Devereaux of Bass Tubs of Oklahoma, “We can put our kids on the creeks, or we can put them on the streets,” he added.”

Hall said child safety services are being provided in the morning between 8 and 9 a.m., prior to the fishing kick-off, by two Take A Kid Fishing sponsors. The Chickasaw Nation will do fingerprinting with Smith-Phillips Funeral Home doing the photographing portion. Parents will then have the credentials needed to register with local and national law enforcement agencies and with other child recovery networks that help find missing children.

Pre-registration is at 8 a.m., fishing starts at 9 a.m. Kids need only to bring a parent or guardian and a fishing pole. Bait is being provided by Bailey’s Outdoor Shop. The first 600 children will receive a tackle box at registration. Pre-registration forms are available at the following locations: Wal Mart Sporting Goods Dept.; Bailey’s Outdoor Shop; Citizens Bank, Matthews Pool Center at Arlington Center and the studios of KYKC 100.1 FM located at 121 S. Constant in Ada.

This year’s contributing sponsors: Bass Tubs of Oklahoma; Citizens Bank; Bailey’s Outdoor Shop; Ada Family Eye Care; Wal Mart SuperCenter; Chickasaw Nation/Gov. Bill Anoatubby; Ada Coca-Cola Bottling Co.; Sundowner Sports Arena; Culligan Water, Sykes Enterprises, Wild Turkey Federation Ada Chapter, Arlington Center, First United Bank, Smith-Phillips Funeral Home and Valley View Regional Hospital.