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February 23, 2013

Cumberland Outdoor Club planning for annual fishing rodeo

OLDTOWN — The Cumberland Outdoor Club is preparing for its 65th annual fishing rodeo for physically impaired residents.

The club is in its 79th year and began the fishing rodeo in 1947 at Battie Mixon’s Fishing Hole. In the 1970s, the club purchased new property, also in Oldtown, and built a fishing pond where the rodeo has been held each year since then.

This year’s rodeo is scheduled for June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a rain date of June 9.

Each year, between 50 and 75 people who are helped by Friends Aware, Ray of Hope, Archway Station, United Cerebral Palsy, Covenant House, Spectrum Support, Horizon Goodwill and individuals who come on their own to spend the day trying to catch fish that the club has stocked for the event.

Throughout the day, they are provided with trophies, hats, medallions and other small gifts for their efforts at fishing: for the biggest fish caught, the smallest one caught, the most fish caught, for not catching any fish and so on. The club provides a steady supply of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, milk and soft drinks provided by several local businesses. Fishing rods and reels as well as bait are provided by the club.

Hoppert Builders, LLC recently donated 40 new rods and reels to replace well-worn old ones.

 

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