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Cops, Vets team up to host fishing event for kids

Patrick Kelly

Little Rascals Pond will be the site for Cops, Vets and Kids, a free fishing day for youngsters starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The body of water is next to the Public Safety Center.

Little Rascals Pond is stocked up and ready for summer fishing.

To kick things off, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with local veterans for Cops, Vets and Kids — a family oriented event that signals the pond's official opening for the summer season.

The free event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday adjacent to the Public Safety Center, located at 800 W. First St.

Kids 12 and younger are invited to come with their families for fishing, food and fun, Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume said.

"We hope to see lots of kids, lots of fun and kids catching fish," he said.

If anyone works up an appetite angling, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks will be available to snack on for free.

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Prizes are also up for grabs. Last year, vets and officers gave away fishing poles, coolers and other gear that was sure to keep kids fishing all summer.

Hume said the event is a great way to teach kids how to fish and get them interested in a wholesome outdoor activity.

"Then it's something they can do for the rest of their life and then hopefully share with their kiddos when they reach that age," he said.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 Comm. Johnny Garcia said the vets are happy to help out with something that is a positive influence on Craig's youth.

"This is a tremendous thing for the kids," said Garcia. "It teaches them the outdoor life."

Garcia said the best part of Cops, Vets and Kids is watching the kids have fun and catch fish.

"I'm just going to be out there to enjoy kids and see the smiles on their faces, the laughter in their eyes and the expression from their hearts," he said.

Hume said the partnership with the vets has been a big help in hosting the annual fishing festivities.

"They provide a big piece of the entire event," he said.

Registration is from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and prizes for categories such as biggest fish and first catch will be given about 6:30 p.m.

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