May 2015 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Event Date: June 6, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Eagle Creek Park Foundation is hosting its 14th annual Kids Fishing Derby from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 6 at Eagle Creek Park’s Coffer Dam, located at the first right south of the 71st Street gate on the city’s northwest side.

The free family-friendly event is geared toward children ages 4-14, and takes place in conjunction with one of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources designated free fishing days. This opportunity allows Indiana residents to fish without a license or trout/salmon stamp in public waters.

“With all the activities the park has to offer, it’s another great way to get our youth active in the great outdoors!” said Alex Upchurch, Eagle Creek Park Foundation president. “We often see many first-time fishermen, and they get so excited when they catch their very first fish — typically a bluegill, crappie, bass or catfish!”

All participants receive a goody bag, cookout lunch and live bait, can enter-to-win door prizes and enjoy entertainment from the Pacers Fan Van from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Participants are asked to bring their own fishing equipment, although a limited amount of fishing poles will be available if children cannot supply their own.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will be available to help bait and hook, and demonstrate casting techniques.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday, June 4 at 5 p.m., and space is limited. The $5 daily gate admission fee is waived for pre-registered participants.

Registration forms are available online at, or at the Eagle Creek Park Foundation office, 7840 W. 56th St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The event will take place rain or shine, but in the event of severe weather, it will be moved to Sunday, June 7.

For more information, call 317.327.7116, or email

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