Thomasville Seniors Cast Off at Fishing Rodeo

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

The Annual Seniors' Fishing Rodeo kicked off to beautiful weather, calm waters, and, of course, plenty of fish.

The event is hosted by the City of Thomasville in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Thomasville, the YMCA, and Wal-Mart.

Says Kiwanis Club member James Palmer, "Oh, it's an excellent event. It gets the seniors out and fishing. They catch a few fish and they enjoy the outside activities."

Some fishermen catch more than just a few, snagging buckets full of fish.

Others aren't quite as lucky, but say the fellowship makes up for their lack of dinner.

Virginia Bryant decided to attend the event for the first time at the insistence of her sister.

Says Bryant, "I'm enjoying every minute of it, I haven't caught a fish, but I'm enjoying looking at everybody else catch 'em."

First-timers like Bryant say they've taken to the event hook, line and sinker.

Many local nursing homes bring their residents to the event and even if the elderly don't fish, caregivers say the fresh air and sunshine are beneficial.

Willis Carr has been one such caregiver for more than 20 years and he also loves to fish.

Says Carr, "Oh yes, it's exercise, and plus, it's a warm day. And you get to meet a lot of people you haven't seen in a while."

This is the rodeo's 18th straight year.

Last Saturday, the youngsters in Thomasville also had a chance to cast their lines in a Youth Rodeo.

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