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Prizes, celebrity meet-and-greets planned for Colton Youth Fishing Derby

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COLTON — Children in the town of Colton not only will have the opportunity to compete in a youth fishing derby next Sunday, but they also can win prizes valued at thousands of dollars and meet some Olympic and record setting athletes.

The second annual Colton Youth Fishing Derby is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m. behind the town hall. The event is open to children ages 3 to 15 and is being organized by Colton Recreation Department Chairman Kevin N. LaMora.

“It’s probably the biggest youth fishing derby in the entire state,” Mr. LaMora said. “It’s going to be a huge event.”

There will be nearly 100 raffle items available at the event, according to the chairman, including a $300 Android computer tablet, a $4,100 Yamaha 125 cc four-wheeler, a $250 BMX bike, $120 golf course fees and much more.

The boundaries for the fishing derby are Brown’s Bridge to Courier Falls.

Some world class athletes also will be on hand for the derby to sign autographs and meet with the public.

“Brandy Fisher and Chris Bailey from the (U.S.) Women’s National Hockey team from 2000 to 2004 range will be on hand for a meet and greet from noon to 2 p.m. Also, Zach Gibson (Norwood-Norfolk Class of 2014), a two-time world record holder in weight-lifting, will be on hand,” Mr. LaMora said. “If you are a kid, this is the place to be that day.”

He said 144 people attended the fishing competition last year, and he is expecting an even bigger turnout this year.

“For the fishing derby and everything, I’m trying to get youth to realize and see nowadays what is out there in this world — and by being active and continuously trying to be active in sports and athletics and stuff of that nature — it keeps the youth building up and building up further and further from the young ages on up,” Mr. LaMora said. “With Brandy Fisher and Chris Bailey coming from the Women’s National Hockey team ... it gives the kids great inspiration to see that you can be a local hero in this area and make it to big things in this world.”

Ms. Bailey was born in Marietta and attended Providence College, Providence, R.I. Ms. Fisher attended the University of New Hampshire.

Volunteers are still needed for Sunday’s event and are asked to contact Mr. LaMora at 262-2225.

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