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7th Annual Youth Fishing Derby to be Held March 23, 2024


In an exciting announcement for young fishing enthusiasts and their families, the Joe Foss American Legion Post 97, in collaboration with the Johnson Ranch Association, is set to host the 7th Annual Youth Fishing Derby on March 23rd. This cherished community event, beloved by families across San Tan Valley, invites the first 100 young fishing enthusiasts, split into three age groups: 4-8, 9-13, and 13-17, to participate in a day of fun, competition, and camaraderie.

The Youth Fishing Derby will be held at the scenic Johnson Ranch Catch & Release Fishing Pond, located at the south end of Greens Park (Hunt Hwy & Bella Vista). Registration kicks off bright and early at 8:30 am, with the fishing competition starting at 9:00 am. In keeping with the spirit of inclusivity and community engagement, there is no charge for youth under the age of 18 to participate in the event.

Participants will have the opportunity to win medals by catching the largest fish, measured by weight, before responsibly releasing them back into the pond. This encourages not only a competitive spirit among the young anglers but also instills a sense of environmental stewardship and conservation. To add to the day's enjoyment, each registrant will be treated to a complimentary hot dog, chips, and drink, with additional refreshments available for purchase from All Cooped Up In Az.

The Joe Foss American Legion Post 97 is eager to provide a memorable experience for the participants and their families, reinforcing its commitment to supporting youth activities in San Tan Valley. Attendees are encouraged to bring their fishing poles, though a limited number of poles will be available for those who need them. Contestants are also advised to bring their bait, with the note that treble hooks are not permitted on lures, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all involved.

For those interested in joining the fun, securing a spot in this eagerly anticipated event is essential. Registration details and more information can be found by visiting the Joe Foss American Legion Post 97's official website at [https://stvlegion.com/fishing-derby](#).

The Joe Foss American Legion Post 97 continues to stand as a pillar in the community, dedicated to serving veterans, their families, and fostering youth development through various programs and events. The Annual Youth Fishing Derby is just one of the many ways the Post promotes patriotism, community engagement, and honors the sacrifices of those who have served the country.

Families are invited to come together for this event, supporting the young anglers and enjoying a day filled with outdoor fun, friendly competition, and community spirit. 

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