By Tiffeny Owens
The Cullman Times
The city is set to host around 100 local children at Veterans Park Saturday for its annual Fish-o-rama.
The free event is open to children 15 and under from 8-11 a.m. A free lunch will be served for participants around 11a.m. Trophies will also be given out based on the total weight of the fish caught for different age categories.
Each participant is responsible for bringing their own fishing equipment and bait.
“It’s one of the bigger events we do each year,” said Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail who said he helped start the event when he was a city councilman. “We have kids from all over the county come in for it.”
Retired Game Warden John Raley has been working with the event since 1997 and encourages anyone who enjoys fishing to come to the Fish-O-Rama.
“It’s important for our community because it gets our children off the couch and outside enjoying an old sport,” Raley said. “It’s also a way to encourage more parental involvement in children’s lives.”
Officials said fishing is something the young and old alike can enjoy, on Friday, May 2, local seniors will get their chance to fish at Veterans Park for free.
Raley said Fish-o-rama wouldn’t be possible without sponsorships by the Cullman Fraternal Order of Police, Affordable Automotive of Welti, Eckenrod Ford of Cullman, Bill Smith GMC of Cullman and Mitch Smith Chevrolet of Cullman.
For more information contact the Hanceville City Hall at 256-352-9830.
Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.