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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WORLD'S LARGEST YOUTH FISHING PROGRAM ANNOUNCES 2003 WINNERS
300,000 young anglers participated in the Wal-Mart Kids All American
KETCHUM, Okla. Producers of the Wal-Mart Kids All American Fishing
announced that Riley Horgan, 12, of Minnetrista, MN, and Rio Kadake,
Kake, AK, have been named freshwater and saltwater national grand prize
winners of the Fujifilm "Big Fish" Contest.
Horgan caught a 7-lb, 5-oz carp, earning a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and
freshwater title from Fujifilm USA. Kadake caught a 62-pound halibut,
earning a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and the title for the largest saltwater
fish. The young anglers caught their fish while participating in local
youth fishing events produced by Hooked on Fishing International, Ketchum,
Okla., with the help of local adult volunteers and corporate sponsors.
Horgan and Kadake were state winners as well and their names are included
in a list of all winners on www.kids-fishing.com, the official website
the "World's Largest Kids' Fishing Program." In 2003, approximately
anglers aged 5 to 16 participated in 1,822 fishing events in all 50
HOFI also announced national winners for two other sponsored categories.
Joshua Sponaugle, 9, Salem, NJ, won the Zebco Kids Casting Contest,
a $1,000 U. S. Savings Bond. Sponaugle and other participants qualified
taking part in the casting event. The winner was selected in a drawing
entries from all the young anglers who cast at targets during local
Scott Corsi, 11, Aurora, OH, won Kellogg's "I Caught a Fish" contest,
earning a $500 Wal-Mart Shopping Card. Corsi's catch qualified him
others who caught fish during the youth fishing events for the "I Caught
Fish" drawing. Tommy Joe Nickell, Jr., age 6, of Parker, KS,
place and a $250 Wal-Mart Shopping Card. Phoebe Hobson, age 6,
WA won third place and a $100 Wal-Mart Shopping Card.
The awards signaled the end of the 2003 derby program, its seventeenth
year. In addition to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the Kids All-American Fishing
Derby program benefits from its partnerships with Bar-S foods Company,
Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Trilene, ConAgra Foods, Dubble Bubble Bubble
Gum, Eagle Claw, EverStart Batteries, FishingWorld.com, Fujifilm, Johnson
Johnson First Aid Pocket Pals, Kellogg's, Kraft Foods, Laker Fishing
Tackle, and Zebco.
HOFI predicts the number of events will jump from to more than 2,000
in 2004. Organizations interested in hosting an event in 2004 can apply
online at www.kids-fishing.com for a free derby kit which contains
the items necessary to put on a local derby, including, an organizer
handbook, prizes and goodies for each derby participant.
The organization currently receives strong support from state fish and
departments, the U.S. Forest Service, parks and recreation departments,
chambers of commerce, YMCAs, fishing clubs, scouting groups, and civic
service organizations such as the Optimists, Lions, Kiwanis, and Elks.
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