Clay County parks will be host to Children's fishing derby

Children ages five to 14 can register for the 12th annual Operation Small Fry fishing derby, scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at Clay County area parks.

The free, daylong event is sponsored annually by deputies from the Clay County Sheriff’s Department. A total of 150 children will be accepted for this year’s derby. Advance registration is required.

Children will spend the day with a mentor learning how to fish, including casting, baiting and safety techniques. Participants will also compete for prizes in a variety of contests.

Rods, reels and tackle boxes will be provided free to youngsters who don’t have them. All participants will receive a fishing cap.

Parents and caretakers are required to attend the event with their child and supervise them.

For more information, call 816-407-3700.