By LYNSIE DICKERSON
Gold Standard Staff Writer
Moderate temperatures and a sunny sky greeted Families and fishermen who attended Saturday’s Trout Fest at the Fort Knox Water Park.
Four hundred and twenty people attended the annual event, during which the swimming pool is filled with fish for participants to catch. More than 100 people attended last year.
“(We’ve had a) great turnout, great weather, (and) massive participation by children of all ages,” said Ryan Noble, special events coordinator at Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
“I think it’s a really good kick-off to spring,” said Barry Lenderman, a retired service member. Lenderman said the event is a fun way to give Soldiers time with their Families.
The first three hours of Trout Fest were reserved for kids who wanted to fish, while the last three hours were for fishermen of all ages.
Six-year-old Madison Bush, daughter of Staff. Sgt. Matthew Bush, said she was having fun and liked the event.
“I like to catch fish,” she said while fishing with her father.
Participants could bring their own fishing gear or borrow some from FMWR. Bait was also provided, including worms, corn and marshmallows.
Lilian Lawson, who attended the event with her husband and daughter, said Trout Fest is a great event for kids and Families.
“We come every year. We love Trout Fest,” Lawson said.
The event takes place prior to the pool being cleaned for spring. Three hundred pounds of fish were used. Participants could return their fish to the pool or bring them home in a bag of ice. Members of FMWR even cleaned and gutted the fish to be brought home.
Those who attended Trout Fest also had the opportunity to win fishing gear through prize drawings.
“The purpose of the event is (to provide) educational family time,” said Kerry Weintraub, marketing assistant at FMWR.
“Where else can you see a swimming pool full of trout?” added Iva Pearlstein, marketing clerk for FMWR.