Youth Fishing Contest at Putnam County 4-H Fair

July 26 competition for ages 3 to 16

The Putnam County 4-H Fair on July 24–26 features the Fishing Contest on Sunday, July 26, held for young fisherman up to the age of 16 at the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gipsy Trail Road in Kent. This event, sponsored by the Putnam Federation of Sportsmen’s Club and facilitated by the Oasis Club, is part of a plan to introduce, encourage and promote the sport of fishing to Putnam County youth.

The Fishing Contest will begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon. Members of the Oasis Club will be available to assist the young boys and girls with their bait, which is supplied free of charge, and to weigh and register each catch. The total weight brought in by each contestant will determine the winner in four categories: ages 3 to 6, 6 to 9, 9 to 12 and 12 to 16. Fishing equipment prizes will be awarded in each of the four categories.

According to Bob Hanson, president of Oasis Club, “The lake at the Putnam County Park is an excellent venue for fishing. The lake has bass, perch, sunnies, catfish and pickerel, all waiting for the right hook at the end of a fishing pole.”

The Fishing Contest is also the culmination of an earlier program offered jointly by Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program and the Oasis Sportsmen’s Club with support from the Jack Stewart Jr. Memorial Fund. For additional information, contact Hanson at 845-227-2672.

The Putnam County 4-H Fair will be open the entire weekend July 24 to 26, rain or shine, with free admission and free parking. This event is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Putnam County. Check their website,, for additional information, or call 845-278-6738.

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