BECKWITH — Local families were treated to a little bonding time — and some pretty good fishing — at the second annual trout derby Saturday at the Fayette County Park.

According to Fayette County Park Director Renee Harper, 171 children ages 3-14 participated in the free event, which was 34 more than in the 2018 fishing derby.

Harper thanked those who partnered with the park to make the event possible. They were as follows:

• Financial sponsors — C. Adam Toney, Southeast Chemical and the Fayette County Commission

• Fayette County Prosecutor's Office — Provided free fishing poles

• WVU Extension — Conducted water safety with the participants

• WV DNR — Cleaned and filleted the trout and provided ice for kids to take trout home. They also provided on-site support of the event.

• Fayette County Sheriff's Office — Provided free hot dogs

• Fayette County Health Department — Provided free drinks

• New River Health Association — Provided sunscreen.

— Steve Keenan

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