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Steve McCadams "Casting for a Cure" Kids Fishing Rodeo

May 30, 2019 | Steve McCadams

Calling all youngsters who want to catch fish and win prizes at the same time!

The 19th Annual Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo returns to McKenzie’s City Park Lake on Saturday, June 8th for a fun filled morning where even little fish bring on big smiles.

Girls and boys ages 15 and under are invited to participate in the FREE event which will benefit the American Cancer Society. Each year McCadams teams up with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, McKenzie City Parks and Recreation, Relay For Life Volunteers and others to host the big event and it’s fast approaching.

Over 5,000 kids from several states have been introduced to the great sport of fishing since the rodeo’s conception at Carroll Lake some 19 years ago.

Special plaques and bicycles will be awarded to kids catching the most and biggest fish in four separate age brackets. Age brackets will be 5 and under, 6-9, 11-12, and 13-15 years of age.

“Returning to my hometown and hosting this rodeo is my favorite fishing day each year,” said McCadams, nationally known outdoorsman who lends his name to the event. “Thanks to the help of a tugging catfish, lots of volunteers and donations, the festivity will build some self-esteem in these future fishermen as they fight fish and cancer at the same time.”

“With the help of donors who open their hearts and pocketbooks each year we send each youngster home with a prize and fond memory. I know we’ve made a positive impression on these kids over the years and in so doing we helped fight cancer at the same time,” continued McCadams, an inductee into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Legends of the Outdoors, who grew up fishing nearby Carroll Lake and participated in Jaycee fishing rodeos there in days gone by.

Participants are asked to arrive early and check-in at the registration pavilion. Onsite registration will be from 8-9 a.m. with the actual competition taking place from 9-11 a.m.

Loaner rods will be available courtesy of TWRA so every kid will have a chance to fish. However, kids are encouraged to bring their own bait and tackle. Concessions will be available courtesy of Carroll County Relay For Life teams.

“It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn about the great sport of fishing while sharing some time with their family and friends,” said McCadams, himself a cancer survivor. “I wanted to do something to help fight this terrible disease that affects so many people. It’s especially sad to see young kids stricken with cancer but with events like these we can give them hope as we work together to find a cure.”

The event will coincide with National Fishing Week across America. And, June 8th is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee.

McKenzie’s City Park Lake is located at 570 Como Street next to Bethel University football stadium. For additional information email or call 731-642-0360.

To support the event or perhaps honor someone special send your tax deductible donation to: Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo, 655 Anderson Drive, Paris, TN 38242.

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