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Huck Finn Day lets South Salt Lake kids fish in an urban setting

Jun 02, 2017 11:50AM ● By Brian Shaw

A kid poses with a Department of Wildlife Resources official at Fitts Park. (Myrna Clark/South Salt Lake City)

By Brian Shaw | [email protected]
Thanks to the Department of Wildlife Resources, South Salt Lake residents will be able to participate in the annual Huck Finn Day yet again this year, according to Myrna Clark, recreation deputy director for South Salt Lake.
On June 10, from 9 a.m. until noon at Fitts Park, 3050 S. 500 East, DWR officials and city recreation department employees will hand out fishing rods and bait hooks and assist in giving kids ages 12 and under the opportunity to catch a few fish.
Last year, Clark said more than 200 people attended the free event. This year, she added that DWR officials will stock the spring at the park with rainbow trout.
“Prizes will be given for the first fish caught, the biggest fish and the smallest fish,” said Clark, who added that a watermelon drop will also take place.
“The South Salt Lake fire truck will hoist a guest up in the bucket and they will get a chance to drop two watermelons,” she added.
To entice those participating in the watermelon drop, Clark said that this year, “everyone has the opportunity to guess how far the water melon will splat. Prize will be awarded to the one who guesses the closest and will have their name engraved on a plaque that is displayed at the Columbus Center.”
For the kids, they will have an opportunity to catch up to four rainbow trout during the three-hour event.
With the forecast typically clear for the first or second week in June and with school nearing its end, Clark said she anticipates a good turnout this year.
“It varies each year depending on the weather the day before and on the day of the event. But, the hope is that more people come this year than last year,” she said.
In addition to Huck Finn Day, Clark said registration is now open for the annual 5K/Fun Run on July 4. New among the prizes given out at the run is a free hotel stay compliments of the Crystal Inn.