Youths fish at Loudy-Simpson Park pond during last year’s Huck Finn Cops and Kids Fishing Day. The event, now called the Huck Finn Kids, Cops and Vets fishing day, continues into its 58th year at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Little Rascals Pond, located behind the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St.

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Youths fish at Loudy-Simpson Park pond during last year’s Huck Finn Cops and Kids Fishing Day. The event, now called the Huck Finn Kids, Cops and Vets fishing day, continues into its 58th year at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Little Rascals Pond, located behind the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St.

Huck Finn Kids, Cops and Vets fishing day set for Saturday

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What: 58th annual Huck Finn Kids, Cops and Vets fishing day

When: Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday

Where: Little Rascals Pond, Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St.

This season’s high water has delayed the annual opening of the Little Rascals Pond for fishing.

But, not for much longer.

On Saturday, the pond, which is located behind the Moffat County Public Safety Center, will open for the 58th annual Huck Finn Kids, Cops and Vets fishing day.

The event, which is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the American Legion Post 62, local law enforcement agencies and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, is set to begin Saturday morning.

The event includes children ages 2 through 12 dressing up like Huck Finn or Becky Thatcher and casting a line for prizes.

VFW Commander Mark Wick said the pond’s late opening bodes well for anglers.

“There’s plenty of fish in there for the kids,” Wick said. “And, whatever is in there is going to be hungry.”

The event’s sponsors offer prizes for best costumes, biggest fish and more.

“I’ve got it on good authority … there are some 5-pounders in there,” he said of the Little Rascals Pond. “There are some serious, serious fish.”

Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said Colorado Division of Wildlife officials have plans to stock the pond with rainbow trout before the event, and they may put some ringers in.

“The rumor was there are going to be some big fish,” he said. “We don’t know for a fact what they have.”

For the fishing contest, Jantz said he has a stockpile of prizes, including two fishing poles, tackle boxes, lures and more.

“You name it,” Jantz said of the prizes. “Anything to do with fishing … we’ve got it.”

Wick said costume winners will receive Craig Chamber of Commerce Spree Bucks in denominations of $20, $10 and $5 for first-, second- and third-place prizes, respectively. But, everyone wins something.

“No kid leaves without something,” he said.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The costume contest and a homemade fishing pole contest begins at 8:30 a.m. The fishing contest begins at 9 a.m.

Free hotdogs, hamburgers and chips will be served.

Wick said a lot of planning goes into the event, but it’s worth it.

“The whole thing is a lot of work, and a pain in the neck, and running around, and getting and doing,” he said. “But, when Saturday morning comes, you don’t remember those things.

“It’s just a whole lot of fun when you get to that point. To see these kids walking around with a couple of fish and a happy, toothless grin … you know what I’m saying?”

For more information, call VFW Event Chairman Don Offutt at 824-8927, or Wick at 326-6998.

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