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Young anglers invited to annual rodeo

The Westminster Little League's community outreach program will have a free Fishing Rodeo for Kids from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum pond.

Henry Lysy co-chairs the derby with Shannon and Kevin Barnes. Lysy said he started the event 26 years ago. For many years, it was run by the Optimist Club of Westminster. When the club disbanded two years ago, the Little League came on board to help with the popular event.

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"We encourage families to come," Lysy said. "They can help the kids and make it a family day, more than a tournament."

Lysy said there is no required start time. "They don't have to be there at 8 o'clock in the morning," he said. "Some come after church."

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From 3 to 4 p.m., fish will be judged and awards given. The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association, Carroll County Chapter, will provide five judges.

Children will compete in four age groups with a trophy and a prize for first, second and third place in each category. The age groups are: 5 and under, 6-9, 10-12 and 13-15.

Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day.

Lysy said, "Along with the trophies, we have prizes - nothing exotic, fishing rods, tackle boxes and that sort of thing, and there will be one grand champion [awarded] for the biggest fish of all. Over the years, it's actually been won by the younger kids."

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The rodeo's theme is "Get hooked on fishing, not on drugs."

Previously, this event took place at Westminster Community Pond, but was moved to the farm museum this year due to planned expansion work on the community pond.

"One year we had a 37-inch catfish come out of that community pond," Lysy said. "It was a 12-year-old with his dad. They measured it and released it back into the pond."

Lysy said they encourage releasing everything but trout. The state will stock the farm museum pond with trout in the hope that the bulk of the fish caught will be trout.

Adult volunteer fishermen will be on hand to help kids when needed. "Every year someone catches a snapping turtle and the fishermen help them get him turned loose," Lysy said with a chuckle.

"You just don't see many fishing trophies around," Lysy said, "but the kids have fun and we leave the pond cleaner than it was when we came."

Lysy said many attending these days come because they attended as a child. "I have one man coming who fished [the same event] as a kid and is bringing his grandchild this year," he said.

Young anglers should bring a fishing rod to the rodeo.

The farm museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

For more information, call Henry Lysy at 410-635-2619.

School play

The Winters Mill High School drama club's spring play, "Zombie Prom," opened last weekend and continues at 7 p.m. today and Saturday.

The play, based on the book by John Dempsey, is set at Enrico Fermi High School in '50s. It's the story of a sweet girl named Toffee and the rebel named Jonny with whom she falls in love. When she dumps him, he commits suicide at a nuclear waste dump but comes back as a zombie, determined to win her heart again. A super-strict school principal, a tabloid reporter and other characters stir the story.

Tickets cost $8 at the door.

Winters Mill High School is at 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster. Call 410-386-1500 to learn more.

Feed the Need

On Saturday, Sonrise Community Church will hold Feed the Need, an open house and food giveaway at the church, 1135 Business Parkway South, Westminster.

Stop in at the church from 10 a.m. to noon.

Church member Kent Moore said, "We'll have some music on and encourage them to sit and rest and talk. The open house is open to everyone."

A light lunch will be served and a bag of food will be offered for those in need, while supplies last.

This event is free, but canned food donations are appreciated from those who are able to contribute.

Contact the church office at 410-848-6756 or email Kent@sonrisecommunitychurch.org for more information.

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