Little Buddies event snags kids' interest

The 2017 annual Little Buddies Fishing Tournament at Lake Warren State Park took place Saturday, May 1.

It was a perfect day to be outside with a fishing rod in your hand Saturday at Lake Warren State Park, and a sizable turnout descended upon the banks and boat ramps of the lake to take part in the 2017 Little Buddies Fishing Tournament.

Lines hit the water promptly at sunrise and weigh-in was at noon. Although only one bass was caught all day, a good number of pan fish were hooked by youthful participants. Trophies were awarded for three separate categories of fish: bass, catfish and pan fish.

Before trophies were awarded, a raffle drawing was held and numerous outdoor themed prizes were awarded to participants and their families. Children were thrilled to receive items like tackle boxes, fishing rods and reels and outdoor themed artwork.

The following children won trophies during the event:

Bass Division-first place Landon Malphrus

Catfish Division-first place Randi Jarrell; second place, Judah Trent and third place Melvin Drawdy.

Pan Fish Division-first place, Owen Wooten; second place, Rylan Malphrus and third place Randi Jarrell.

Lake Warren State Park would like to thank the many local businesses that offered support and donations for the 2017 Little Buddies event, including; Boyles Real Estate, Quick Cash Pawn, Glass Masters, ACE Hardware, NAPA, Credit Central, The Frock Shop, Aaron’s Embroidery, Julienne’s Café, Security Finance, Western Union, Regions Bank, Tuten’s Fresh Market, USDA, Jimmy Butler Auto Sales, Market Square, Walsh Hardware, Have Gun Will Sell, Mixson’s Auto Body, Starr Tracks, Subway, Food Lion, Galaxy Food Mart, Shuman’s Stop and Go and Dobson’s General Store.