Marion County Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for the 19 consecutive year to bring local children the annual Lake Eaton Kids’ Fishing Derby. The derby offers children ages 6-12 and their families an opportunity to learn about fishing and Florida’s aquatic habitats.
Parks and Recreation staff will host an educational table with nature crafts activities and assist participants at the event, which is celebrating its 21st edition this year. Derby fun will also include casting contests and a “Bugs and Critters” lake wading activity. Interested participants should sign up in advance, as space is limited to 90 children.
The Derby will be held at the Ocala Conservation Center and Youth Camp in the Ocala National Forest (7325 NE 170 Ave. in Silver Springs on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
To sign up, call 352-732-1225 (weekdays only). Each registered child will receive a commemorative T-shirt and a rod and reel set.