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New Germany State Park To Host Youth Fishing Rodeo On May 19

Grantsville, Md. (May 2, 2012) ─ New Germany State Park will feature a morning of fun and fishing at its annual Youth Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is free and open to young people ages 15 and under.

“This is a great opportunity for kids to learn and enjoy the sport of fishing in a pressure-free environment,” said Ranger Adam Stachowiak. “Plus, we have fantastic competitive prizes and door prizes this year, so everyone will have a chance to win.”

First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded for the longest fish caught in three age groups: 6 and under, 7-11 and 12-15. There will also be a variety of door prizes courtesy of Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, The Bassin’ Box, Allegany Garrett Sportsman’s Association, Bill’s Outdoor Center, Walmart in LaVale and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources interpretive services.    

Activities after the rodeo include a Pro Cast Challenge and a fish-painting craft. Craft participants are encouraged to bring a white t-shirt or purchase one at the park. The New Germany Snack Bar & Gift Shop, located inside the Lake House, will have food, refreshments and gift items for sale. 

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the first 50 registrants will receive a free grab-bag stocked with a variety of fishing tackle. To encourage beginners, a limited supply of equipment will be available for loan during the event. Fishing will take place from 8 to 11 a.m., followed by the awards ceremony and prize drawings. Boating is prohibited. For more information, call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453 or email

   May 2, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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