Doane is trying to reel in members of the Crete community by hosting the sixth annual Kid’s Fishing Derby this Saturday morning.
The derby is open to any member of the Crete community age 12 and under, said Jerri Van Horn, director of Events Services.
The idea to hold the derby came from President Jacque Carter, Van Horn said.
“It’s just an idea he had to pull the community on campus and do something nice for the community and involved our students and some faculty and staff and teach children the sport of fishing,” Van Horn said.
Van Horn says a team of volunteers makes the derby possible.
“It really comes together nicely with all of the support I get on campus and the volunteers,” Van Horn said. “Everyone seems eager to help out with it.”
Volunteers include faculty and staff who serve as judges and catch and tag fish before the derby. Sigma Phi Theta Fraternity members also work as volunteers during the event, Van Horn said.
Sigma Phi Theta member Triston Wilson, junior, has helped with the derby for the last two years, he said.
“We normally show up pretty early before it starts,” Wilson said. “We help with registration. Then once the actual derby gets going, we go around and help them (the participants) catch fish, measure them and record the lengths. Anything else they ask us to do, we help with.”
In past years, around 100 children have participated and a similar turnout is expected this year, Van Horn said.
Van Horn hopes to get a more diverse turnout this year, she said.
To do this, she has made registration forms in both English and Spanish.
Additionally, the Nebraska Game and Parks will be bringing fishing poles and other supplies that participants can borrow if they don’t have any of their own, Van Horn said.
There are four age group categories:
· Six and under
· Seven and eight
· Nine and 10
· 11 and 12
There are three prize categories:
· Biggest fish
· Most fish caught
· First three to catch a tagged fish
The winners of each category will receive a prize, Van Horn said.
“We have great prizes,” Van Horn said. “We give away fishing poles and flashlights and tents and the local businesses donate either cash or those items.”
For Van Horn, the best part of the derby is seeing the Doane and Crete community come together, she said.
“I like to see the Doane community working together because you’ve faculty and staff and students all working together to make this event successful and I think it’s great that the community of Crete gets to see all that,” she said.