The 25th Annual Cove Lake Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Paris Rotary Club, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the U.S. Forest Service was held on Saturday, June 8. One hundred and fifty-one kids, ages two to nine, participated in this year’s derby.
One hundred and forty-one kids weighed in fish. All children participating received prizes.
Special prizes and trophies were given to the three heaviest stringers in two age groups (two to five and six to nine) and smallest fish caught by a hook.
The results were:
The first place prize for the heaviest stringer (trophy, Shakespeare Rod and Reel Combo with fishing tackle, minnow bucket with minnow net, fish book, Smokey Bear bandana and a water sprinkler) went to Emily Murray (4 lbs. 2 oz.) in the six to nine age group and Cayden Gardner (5 lbs. 10 oz.) in the two to five age group.
Second place prize (trophy, tackle box with bait starter kit, fish book, Smokey Bear bandana and a water sprinkler) went to Jacob Crane in the six to nine age group (3 lbs. 15 oz.) and Kynston Varnell (4 lbs. 1 oz.) in the two to five age group.
Third place prize (trophy, minnow bucket with fishing lures and minnow net, fish book, Smokey Bear bandana and a water sprinkler) went to Ryan Post (3 lbs. 14 oz.) in the six to nine age group and Ty Farmer (4 lbs. 1 oz.) in the two to five age group. There was a three-way tie for second place in the two to five age group this year so the children drew to determine second, third and fourth place winners. Fourth place prize (slip and slide and Smoky Bear bandana) went to Ana Stone (4 lbs. 1 oz.) in the two to age group.
The smallest fish prize (trophy, uncirculated coin set, 6 inch cricket basket, fish book, Smokey Bear bandana and a water slide) went to Laura House (7 ¾ inches in length).
Overall, there were 319 lbs. 6 oz. of catfish caught by the kids.
The following donors supplied items for the event: Arkansas Family Eye Care, Arvest Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, Barbara Durkee, Barber Ridge Company, Big Red and The Grapevine, Bob Rogers Chevrolet, Charlotte Davis, Cloyes Gear, Cory Wells, CV’s IGA, East End Sports Pub, Ed Williams Body Shop, Elmer’s P&E, Elsken Real Estate, Farm Bureau – Keith Eichenberger, Farm Bureau – Mary Harrison, Farmer’s Co-Op of Subiaco, First National Bank of Paris, Glenn Constantino, Hardwicke Furniture and Appliance, Hazel’s Cabins, Jarco Heavy Equipment, Jimmy White, State Rep. Jon Eubanks, Joyce Trusty, Khilling Printing, Lawson Land Surveying, Linda Hixson, Little Rock Zoo, M&M Construction, Logan County Treasurer Mickey Oates, MJ’s Bar & Grill, National Wild Turkey Federation Mount Magazine Chapter, Paris Auto Parts and Accessories, Paris Dental Clinic and Dr. Nick Dollar, Paris Express, Paris Family Pharmacy, Paris Ford, Pizza Barn, Precision Rathole, Rexene Clarkston, Richard Carpenter, Rob and Cindy Kopack, Rogers Heating and Air Conditioning, Roller Funeral Home, Sabrina’s, Sheila Brandt, Sonic, State Farm Insurance Ross Kent, Subiaco Abbey and Abbot Jerome Kodell, Subiaco Federal Credit Union, Tammy Moffet, Dr. Tom Spivey, D.D.S., Two Best Friends, Wal-Mart, Wells Furniture, Wilkerson’s Auto Sales, along with other anonymous donors.
Bubba Askins used his dive gear to check the nets that held the fish. The Logan County EMS was also on hand to insure safety.