DOWNEY - Hundreds of children and their families attended the 12th annual Youth Fishing Event at Wilderness Park last Saturday.The two lakes were stocked with more than 1,200 pounds of catfish for the event. City officials estimated the crowd at about 900. The event was co-sponsored by the city of Downey and the California Department of Fish and Game and included a low-cost breakfast, face painting, a bait station, five learn-to-fish stations, fly-tying demonstration, silly hat contest, and giveaways. Big Fish Partners contributed financially to the event, providing T-shirts, event supplies and fish. Community sponsors included All American Home Center, Andrews Rancho, Beach's Market, Berkley Gulp, Big Five, Bradley's Plastic Bag Company, Department of Fish and Game, Classic Graphix, Coca-Cola Bottling, City of Downey Federal Credit Union, Downey Federal Credit Union, Downey Fire Management Association, Downey Fiermen's Association, Downey Fly Fishers, Downey F.O.P. Lodge 20, Downey Police Officers' Association, Finch Family, Gangs Out of Downey, Golf 'N Stuff, Imperial Catfish, In-N-Out, Izaak Walton League-Fullerton, Knights of Columbus, Maintenance Services Division, McDonald's, Penske Toyota Scion, Public Safety Auxiliary Employees Association, Rainbow Bait, Rubio's-Downey, Savon Tackle, Southern California Gas Company, Starbucks - Downey Landing, Stonewood Center, Volunteens, Von's, Wal-Mart and World of Décor.
********** Published: November 13, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 30