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Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:00 AM


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DELPHOS—Between 8-10 a.m. on Canal Days Saturday, take a leisurely walk up Second Street past the post office to the canal where there will be kids of all ages lining the banks trying to reel in a prize catch during the Canal Days Fishing Derby.

For 10 years, Fishing Derby Chair Tim Williams has been volunteering his time organizing the event. Williams explained that Jim Grothouse approached him, said that they needed a person to take over the event and then asked him to do it.

Williams talked it over with his wife and since they both enjoyed attending the event, they decided to help out.

“My wife and I would take our daughter to the Canal Days Fishing Derby,” Williams explained. “It was cool seeing the kids excited at the canal bank.”

Preparation for the event begins with cleaning up the east and west sides of the canal banks behind the post office and making sure there are fish in the canal for the event.

On the day of the Derby, Williams makes sure the kids have prizes. His friends and family help measure and record the fish’s length.

The competition begins at 8 a.m. and as soon as someone catches a fish, they can bring the fish up to the measuring table.

“That is where we document the length of the fish and the child’s name that caught it,” Williams said.

The event ends at 10 a.m. and at that time, they determine the sizes of fish caught and correlate the appropriate prizes. The kids collect their prizes and get their photo taken with all of the other winners and the Canal Days Queen.

Williams says he likes giving back to the community and seeing the families participate in the event.

“I see generations involved in the fishing derby and they are excited to be there,” he detailed.

Williams’ favorite part of the event is going up in the evening and visiting with people he has not seen in a while.

He and his wife, Lecia, have two children: Erin, 15 and Cody, 11, who reside in Delphos. Williams is the water superintendent at the Delphos City Water Department.


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