RUSK – More than 70 children, along with their parents, braved the chilly weather Saturday to participate in the annual Kid Fishing Day at Rusk/Palestine State Park in Rusk.  Despite the cool temperatures and high winds, everyone had a great time. 

While most of the parents huddled around fires, the kids were hard at work fishing, unaware of anything but their shiny prey.

A large tank was installed and stocked with more than 500 rainbow trout. This gave children the opportunity to watch the colorful fish as they tried to catch them.  The largest trout was caught by Andrew Crump of Rusk, age 12.  This whopper was 20-and-one-half inches long and estimated by area game wardens to weigh 4 pounds.  The monster was caught to a chorus of oohs and aahs from the surrounding youngsters.  Prizes were given to all children age 12 and under that registered and participated in the event.

This event was made possible because of the generous donations of many area businesses and merchants.  These benefactors deserve a lot of thanks for their support of the annual Kid Fishing Day.

The Friends of the Texas State Railroad also deserve many thanks for stepping in at the last moment and raising the donations, taking fliers to area schools to promote the event and helping out at the event. Without their support, the Kids Fishing Day would not have been the success it was.

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