Family Fun Day

Outdoors lovers will have plenty to do at Sweetwater Creek State Park Saturday, as state Rep. Roger Bruce, left, hosts his 14th annual Family Fun Day Cat Fish Rodeo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Outdoors lovers will have plenty to do at Sweetwater Creek State Park Saturday, as state Rep. Roger Bruce hosts his 14th annual Family Fun Day Cat Fish Rodeo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers describe the annual “Fish Fry” as a day full of fun, food, fishing, health screenings, games and fellowship — all free of cost.

Bruce stocks one of the smaller lakes at the park with about 2,000 catfish and then invites elementary and middle school-aged students accompanied by an adult to come fish.

More than 600 children are expected at the event.

This year, the catfish rodeo falls on Kids to Parks Day, a national initiative to encourage children to enjoy and explore their neighborhood parks.

Bruce said he started the event in 2003 because he enjoys fishing and wanted to teach kids.

The event has grown over the years to include events like dancing, music and games for the whole family.

“It turned out to be a real nice event because you get all kinds of people and nobody’s fussing at each other,” Bruce said. “Everybody’s helping each other, everybody’s having a good time. And I just kind of wish every day could be a family day.”

In addition to fishing for the kids, Bruce hopes people will take advantage of all Sweetwater Creek State Park has to offer.

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