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18th Annual Hackensack Children's Fishing Contest to continue in 2014

The Hackensack Children’s Fishing Contest is preparing for its 18th annual season.

There have been rumors that the contest would not continue after the death of founder Robert Kennedy in 2013. However, organizers will continue to hold this contest every year.

The only change is the contest will stop at 12:30 p.m. instead of 1 p.m. All prizes will be awarded starting at 12:30 p.m., so the event should wrap up around 1 p.m. each Tuesday.

Organizers are reaching out to individuals, businesses and organizations that have helped in the past and/or want to help going into the future. To be a sponsor, be included in the coupon book or volunteer, contact Bill Kennedy at 218-838-9468 or

Organizers are looking for hot dog day sponsors; anyone who has been a sponsor in previous years but has not been contacted this year, contact organizers to help them maintain a quality experience for youth.

The contest has grown and every year has seen changes in the format. Organizers have added a casting contest, went from offering hot dogs once a year to every week, added photo buttons and T-shirt transfers, and started minnow racing, which has been a success.

Throughout the 17 years, 18,000 kids have fished the contest, catching and releasing 59,000 fish. This is thanks to the many volunteers (almost 30 every week) and the many sponsors who donate their time, money and prizes every year.

For a lot of the kids, this is their first fishing experience and contest organizers try to make it a memorable one.

Plans are being finalized for the 2014 fishing contest.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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