Hanceville’s youngest anglers gather at Veterans Park for Kids Fish-O-Rama

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(Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Veterans Park in Hanceville hosted day two of its annual community fishing event on Saturday, this time hosting the Kids Fish-O-Rama. The small city nestled in southern Cullman County is known for prioritizing events which cater to its youngest residents.

Gazing out at families lining the banks of the park’s pond, Mayor Kenneth Nail shared his pride of the event, saying, “We’ve been doing this day for the kids since back when I was on city council, probably over 20 years now. It’s a good day for all the kids to come out, get off the video games and enjoy nature. They get to come out in the sunshine and enjoy time with Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa or whoever, and have a good day.”

One young fishing pro enjoying the day was 8-year-old Emma Johnson. Despite her small stature, the angler reeled in a catfish weighing a whooping 3.75 pounds, possibly outweighing the previous day’s biggest catch. Emma’s mom, Sheila Johnson, appreciated what the event offered, sharing, “Fishing really teaches sportsmanship and it’s a beautiful day to get out and meet the community. The kids just love it!”

Partnering with CASA this year, the city of Hanceville and its mayor had much help from their sponsors for this year’s community gathering including McDonald’s, Merchant’s Bank, Hanceville Civitans, Cullman Savings Bank, Peoples Bank, Metsouth, Hanceville Drug Company and Advanced Rotors. Many local businesses also aided in the success by donating door prizes.

Nail expressed his gratitude in saying, “We’re always so thankful for our sponsors every year. They’re always so great to help us and the kids out. We have a lot of events here in Hanceville. There’re not too many towns our size that has this many events and we’re really proud of that. Our sponsors help us do that.”

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