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The Fishing Derby is an educational hands-on event for Akron area school age children, grades 3-4, that teaches them a new hobby and the importance of environmental stewardship.

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Time: 4-6 PM
Location: Wilbeth Road Trailhead
Cost: Free!

The event is free, though space is limited. When you register, you will receive an assigned time-slot. Simply arrive on or slightly before your assigned time-slot. From there, you will join the registration line where you will be provided with your equipment and assigned to fishing station along the canal. You can expect your fishing time to last between 60 to 90 minutes. Once dismissed, you will be directed to the check-out area where you will receive a complimentary goodie bag and your child may keep the fishing pole they were assigned as a free complimentary gift. Volunteers will be on hand to help provide fishing tutorials if needed.


  • Each child MUST BE accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the Fishing Derby.
  • In accordance with the CDC guidelines, for the safety of our patrons, employees, and volunteers, we encourage all non-vaccinated persons to continue to wear their masks. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • The desired age group is 3rd to 4th grade students (ages 9-11) though you may register other ages.
  • Please note that the equipment provided will be aimed at this age group and may not be ideal for younger or older students. Priority will be given to 3rd and 4th grade students.
  • Once you are assigned to your fishing station, we ask that you remain there until dismissed. (restroom breaks are permitted)
  • Because spaces will be provided in two shifts, when your turn is up, we will ask you to stop fishing and proceed to the check-out area to receive your goodie bag so that other participants can utilize your space.
  • Please plan to arrive as close to your assigned time as possible. When in line, please remain at least six feet from others at all times.
  • You must be present at the time of the raffle in order to win.


We will raffle two bicycles during both group sessions. Students will be given their raffle tickets when they arrive. We will announce the winners during each of the group sessions.

Group 1 – Raffle announced at 4:30 pm
Group 2 – Raffle announced at 5:30 pm
Students must be present at the time of the drawing to win.

For questions or more information, contact George Ebey or call 330-374-5657.