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1st Annual CAFC Fishing Rodeo & Derby

March 19 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm


1st Annual CAFC Fishing Rodeo & Derby

The Central Arkansas Fishing Community Youth Program will host its inaugural event at Ohana Celebration Park on March 19, 2022.

The event is free to the public and volunteers and donations are still being sought. All anglers under 16 that pre-register online before March 12, 2022 will receive a fishing tackle kit.

VILONIA, ARKANSAS – February 17, 2022 – The Central Arkansas Fishing Community Youth Program will host a Fishing rodeo & Derby at Ohana Celebration Park on March 19, 2022. You may register online as a participant, volunteer, or sponsor here: CAFC Fishing Rodeo & Derby Registration. We will offer fishing basics workshops and activities before and during the derby. Lunch will also be provided. Join us for this free event with your family!

Ohana Celebration Park was formerly known as Lester Flatt Memorial Park. It was recently purchased by Malvin and Casandra Mize. They have partnered with the Central Arkansas Fishing Community, founded by Sterling Tatro, to develop a youth program. The hope is to introduce program members to a variety of outdoor activities to include fishing, hiking, bird watching, nature photography, and orienteering. All workshops, events and camps will also concentrate on stewardship and conservation activities. This is the inaugural event for the Central Arkansas Fishing community and Ohana Celebration Park. We want to invite the public to visit the park and consider joining the CAFC Youth Program to participate in future events.

Basic Details:

Who: Central Arkansas Fishing Community

What: Fishing Rodeo & Derby

When: 9:30–2:30 March 19, 2022

Where: Ohana Celebration Park, 45 Lester Flatt Drive, Vilonia AR 72173

Why: Introduce community to the park and introduce youth to fishing basics so they may continue to enjoy the sport and possibly decide to participate in future events hosted by the CAFC Youth program.

We will host a Beginner Fishing Workshop and Rodeo from 9:30-11:00, then serve lunch and begin the Derby at approximately 12 noon and go through 2:30. Online registration is available through March 12, 2022. After that date, participants may register in person at the event. The Fishing Rodeo is geared toward elementary aged kids, but is open to all ages. Those 15 and under that register for the Fishing Rodeo will receive a tackle packet, and will be registered for door prizes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No fishing will be allowed during the workshops and rodeos.The derby is geared toward family fun and all family members may fish, but those 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. Each angler may keep up to three catfish. All other species must be released.

Prizes will be rewarded for Biggest fish, Smallest fish, Most fish caught, Youngest angler, and Oldest angler. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Prizes will be awarded Immediately following the derby and we will also host a “Clean your Catch” workshop and introduce you to the CAFC Youth Program Team. We hope you will consider joining the CAFC Youth Program and continue your journey to becoming a Master Angler!

Central Arkansas Fishing Community

The Central Arkansas Fishing Community started as a Facebook Group for those that enjoy fishing within the state. We have connected with many like minded anglers and have discussed the need for involving youth in the sport. We hope to remove the known barriers to fishing for youth and all beginner anglers. We plan to offer an ongoing program for beginner and intermediate anglers at Ohana Celebration Park. These workshops and events will be available and customized for participants of all ages. We will also organize field trips and destination trips to explore and enjoy other locations within the state. Our goal is to create a safe environment for youth, families, and beginners to enjoy all types of outdoor recreation and educate them about the vast opportunities to enjoy The Natural State.

Point of Contact:

Sterling Tatro

Founder, Central Arkansas Fishing Community

Phone: 501-470-5721

Email: centralarfishing@gmail.com


March 19
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Ohana Celebration Park
45 Lester Flatt Drive
Vilonia, AR 72173 United States
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