Kids from all over Scott County and their families flocked to Cedar Lake near New Prague on Monday, August 5, for the annual Catfish Derby, hosted by the emergency and law enforcement personnel of Scott County.

“The Youth Fishing Derby is designed to teach kids to fish, connect them with the outdoors and develop trusting relationships with our deputies and other emergency responders within our community,” said Sheriff Luke Hennen, per a sheriff’s office release about the event.  “This positive interaction, in an informal and relaxed setting, gives these kids a better understanding of what we do and who we are.”

The event was free and open to anyone between the ages of 10 to 15 who lives or attends school in Scott County. Priority was given to those who had not participated in the past, since there was a limit of 75 participants. Bait, fishing gear, food, and beverages were provided.

Prizes were awarded, and every child received a gift for participating.

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