The 12th annual Fish Fest will be this Saturday (April 6) in the Middlesboro City Parking Lot.
Children 15 and under can fish for rainbow trout released into the canal for free from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Adults may accompany the youth anglers but may not fish.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife, Bell County Child Support, the Bell County Fiscal Court, Middlesboro Storm Water, Smithfield, A-1 Porta John, Berlke-Shakespeare and Tri-State Veterans.
“We usually have 300 to 500 children to come out and fish,” said Bell County Attorney Neil Ward, who started the event 12 years ago. “It’s usually just a great day for the kids and they have a lot of fun and catch a lot of fish.”