NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, June 9, 2012 – The 10th Annual Catfish Rodeo, one of Nashville’s favorite free outdoor events, will take place at Shelby Park’s Lake Sevier on Saturday, June 9, 2012, statewide Free Fishing Day. Hosted by the Cumberland River Compact, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, and Metro Parks, the Catfish Rodeo fishing event is for children ages 5-16. There will be educational water festivities for children of all ages.
The Rodeo starts with registration at 7 a.m. with the fishing competition running from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. TWRA will stock Lake Sevier with over 1,700 pounds of genuine Tennessee catfish, just waiting to be caught by the young anglers. No experience is necessary to participate, and prizes are given throughout the event.
There will also be fun, hands-on activities for young and old alike from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. provided by The Cumberland River Compact, RiverWorks Discovery, Davidson County Soil & Conservation District, Davidson County’s Sheriff’s Office, Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms, Metro Parks, Metro Water Services, Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Activities include casting, fish printing, stream critters, and zoo talks.
Take this opportunity to simultaneously celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, whose mission is to promote first-time visitors to enjoy public lands and to reconnect our youth to the great outdoors. http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org.
At the Catfish Rodeo, children can interact face-to-face with a watery creature, the catfish. The Water Festival offers a chance to learn even more about water; water cycles, watersheds, water treatment, water conservation, weather, watery habitats and their wildlife, water safety, water navigation, water pollution and more.
Come to the Catfish Rodeo where you can connect with our water, with catfish and other water life, and with the Great Outdoors! For more information and a schedule of events please visit http://cumberlandrivercompact.org/our-work/catfishrodeo/. Shelby Park is located in East Nashville. Please use the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center’s address to help with directions, 1900 Davidson Street, Nashville, TN 37206.