MARQUETTE — Coming up on its third annual tournament, the Kid's Fishing Derby of Marquette has been a success each year, said Rusty Young, mayor of Marquette.

"It's something for the kids to learn how to fish and it's something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives," Young explained.

Before the derby began, Young had the idea of putting fish in the pond, then the community provided the fish and the idea grew from there.

"I thought it would be a good idea to start something like this," he said.

The 3rd Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 23 at Eisenhower Pond in Marquette. The derby is free for kids up to 14-years- old. Young asks that everyone brings their own bait and fishing poles.

Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners of each age group. Plaques made in Marquette will be awarded, along with gift certificates to City Sundries.

Young will also be cooking free hot dogs for everyone as well.

At the last tournament, there were 185 fish caught.

For past tournaments, around 30 kids showed up and he is hopeful more will come out this year due to the success of past years.

"I think it will grow; the parents of the younger group have more fun than the kids do," Young laughed.

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