Fishing Derby a Success

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The LaGrange Police Department hosted its annual Kid’s Fishing Derby this weekend on Saturday, October 5.  Several people have asked me what we were hoping to accomplish by hosting such an event.  Our responsibility to the public is not only to enforce laws and educate citizens about the law, but more importantly, to be a part of the community. Our goal was to encourage positive interactions with police officers and to provide a family-friendly environment in which parents could spend time with their children in a safe and fun setting.

We were concerned about what kind of turnout we would have because we changed locations, pond conditions last year kept us from having the derby, and thunderstorms were predicted for Saturday morning. However, the Kid’s Fishing Derby was a great success! The rain held off and our new location at Wilborn Park was family friendly and the fish were biting! Kids ages 2 to 15 years old participated in the event.  They competed in two competitions, “Big Fish” and “Most Fish Caught” which were divided into three age groups. The La Grange Police Department would like to congratulate the children for winning trophies in each of our divisions (for photos of the winners, see page A13).   

Our fishing derby has become a tradition for several families in the area. In fact, one of our returning “fishermen” wore the t-shirt that he received at our 2010 Derby!

All of our participants this year received trophies and t-shirts and gift bags filled with free ice cream and pizza coupons and other goodies from our generous sponsors.

That being said, it is important to recognize all of the individuals and businesses who made this event possible. The Wilborn Charitable Foundation not only welcomed us to their park, but donated money for the event. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife reimbursed us for a portion of the fish we purchased to stock the lake and Officer Chris Riggsby spent his morning with us helping untangle fishing line, etc., and provided loaner fishing poles. Other financial sponsors were Bluegrass Generation Company, Stock Yards Bank & Trust, Champion Chevrolet, Fastline Publications, Oldham County Funeral Home, Bedford Loan & Deposit Bank, Farmers Bank of Milton, Allstate Ready Mix, Irish Rover Too, Kinser & Kinser, and La Grange Service Center.  Additional sponsors helped us out by giving us discounts and donating gift cards and other give-aways. They include The Oldham Era, Hometown Pizza, Cash Express, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Custom Signs and Graphics, Manley Signs & Awards, and Screens & Ink Screen Printing. A special thank you to Liska Coggeshall at our local Dairy Queen who not only provided us with gift cards, but also donated food including cupcakes she made herself. A big thanks to Dr. Charity of Dr. Charity Communications for being our official photographer, and to the members of the La Grange Police Department and their families who volunteered their time to help make the derby a success. In addition, this was the first year that our own Explorers, Kyle Smith and Jeremiah Dorris, volunteered their time to weigh fish for the contest and help out however needed. Last but not least, I’d like to recognize our clerk, Tara Kelton, for all the hard work she does to make the fishing derby a reality.

I want to thank everyone who took part in the LaGrange Police Department’s Kid’s Fishing Derby. Please go to our website www.lagrangepolice.com to find links to our sponsors and see all the pictures from the derby. It takes the support of our community to create an event that enriches the lives of all those who participate. We hope to see everyone again next year.


Chief Kevin Collett

LaGrange Police Department