“We have been doing this for a few years now,” said Heather Wisdom, mother of one of the 34 youngsters participating in the fifth annual Pleasant Day 4-H Club Fishing Derby. “The kids enjoy it. Fishing is one of our favorite family pastimes. We do it all summer long,” Wisdom added.

“We have been doing this for a few years now,” said Heather Wisdom, mother of one of the 34 youngsters participating in the fifth annual Pleasant Day 4-H Club Fishing Derby. “The kids enjoy it. Fishing is one of our favorite family pastimes. We do it all summer long,” Wisdom added.

Held on Saturday at South Lake near Monroe City, the young anglers and their parents were treated to a lunch prepared by the Monroe City Fire Department. The Monroe City Park Board provided the food. Local businesses provided door prizes. The City of Monroe City sponsored trophies for the winners of the three age groups.

Winners of the three age divisions were:

Biggest Fish category winners: Age six and under, Serenity Fishback; Ages seven to 10, Gregory Murphy; Ages 11 to 14, Holden Wisdom.

Smallest Fish category winners were: Age six and under, Zeke Shuman; Ages seven to 11, Reagan Turpin; Ages 11 to 14, Landon Utterback and Colton Barger tied in this category.

Most Fish category winners were: Age six and under, Quynlyn Roberts and Mackenzie Darling tied in this category; Ages seven to 10, Corbin Darling and Caiden Church; Ages 11 to 14, Konner Carman.

“This is one of our main community service projects,” Debbie Durbin, leader of the Pleasant Day 4-H Club, said of the fishing derby. “One of the aspects of 4-H is to teach youngsters to be leaders and good citizens. Community service is part of that.”

There is no charge to participate in or to view the fishing derby, but participants and guests are asked ato donate a stuffed animal to the club. The 4-H club then donates the stuffed animals to the Monroe City Fire Department, the Monroe City Ambulance District and the Monroe City Police Department where they are given to children in traumatic situations.

“I did not realize that the cost of the stuffed animals given to the children was being paid personally by members of these organizations,” Durbin explained. “So this is a way we can help the members of these organizations who give so generously to the community.”

“The fire department is a crucial part of our fishing derby,” Durbin stated. “They provide the generator, do the cooking and provide transportation around the lake for those checking and measuring the fish as well as the youngsters.”