KID’S FISHING DERBY AS PART OF WESBANCO’ FOUNDERS’ DAY 2019
This year’s Wesbanco Founders’ Day will include a new attraction for families to enjoy, the first kid’s fishing derby. The derby will kick off the official Founders’ Day event on July 4th at Freeman Lake Park.
The kid’s fishing derby is limited to the first 250 children to register. Registration is $5 per child (ages 0-15) and each registrant must be accompanied by an adult. Each participant must provide their own rod/reel, bait, and stringer. State approved bait are as follows: artificial bait, worms, crickets, and minnows. The derby will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m. There will be prizes given away every 30 minutes and free hot dogs to all participants and their caregivers.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will be on-site with a limited number of rod/reels if an emergency arises and the child does not have one. They will also have free bait boxes for each registrant. Children do not have to have a fishing license nor do they have to have a Freeman Lake Park fishing license for this particular event. Parents/caregivers assisting the children must have a Kentucky fishing license (per Kentucky law) if they plan to the hold rod/reel and/or the fish to assist the child. If parent does not obtain a license, they may not touch the rod/reel or the harvested fish. Fishing must take place from the banks only (no boat fishing permitted for derby).
Interested parties may register online at www.etownevents.com and click on the Fishing Derby logo to link to the ticketing page, it is $5 per child and caregivers do not have to sign up to assist. On event day, be at Freeman Lake Park’s Rotary pavilion by 8:45 a.m. to confirm your registration and to obtain a ticket for your hot dogs and prize giveaways.
“WesBanco is honored to continue to partner with the City of Elizabethtown to sponsor the annual Founders’ Day Event,” said Marilyn Ford, WesBanco City President, Heartland Region. “The City does an amazing job of orchestrating a great celebration of the common birthdays of both our City and Nation. This event is an opportunity for neighbors, friends, and families to come together and enjoy wonderful activities, entertainment, fireworks and fun in a family-friendly setting. Being engaged and working with our communities and the people who comprise those communities to make our ‘little corner of the world’ even better is a privilege that I and our entire WesBanco family truly enjoy and appreciate.”
Founders’ Day Full Schedule:
9:00 am-11:00 am: Kid’s Fishing Derby, Rotary Pavilion; $5/per child ages 15 and under;;
5:00 pm: Parking, vendors, free kid’s activities open, decorate your bike and ride around the park;
6:00 pm: 8th annual Shoney’s Watermelon Eating Contest (free to enter, first come, first served);
7:30 pm: WesBanco presents Owensboro Orchestra: 2nd Street Band, performing on bandstand;
Dark: WesBanco Fireworks show.
The event is free and open to the public. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and their families out for a fun evening at the Park. Food vendors will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, barbeque, ice cream, funnel cakes, and more. There will also be commercial vendors on-site. Free chalk will be available on the pavement that is closed to car traffic for children to draw during the event as well as well as a tent to decorate your bike and ride around the park.
Founders’ Day 2019 is sponsored by City of Elizabethtown, WesBanco, and Shoney’s.
About the Owensboro Orchestra
The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd St Big Band is a 20-piece ensemble of musicians from the Western Kentucky/Southern Indiana area that have been performing in the region since 2007. The group started out as a traditional big jazz band. However, the show has been completely revamped to include multiple vocalists and now include modern/current songs along with the typical big band music as well. The group will play everything from Louis Armstrong to Bruno Mars and will also include several patriotic numbers to celebrate Independence Day.