Fishing rodeo brings out families for fun

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Ferguson makes a promise about next year’s big anniversary rodeo

By Cindy Simpson

Roane County Park’s waterfront was brimming with children and their fishing poles Saturday for the 24th annual Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo for Kids.


Five-year-old Julie Sherlin squealed delightedly, catching her first fish ever. She dubbed it a spiky fish.

“I like spikey fish,” she told all who would hear gleefully.

Her mother, Jennie Sherlin, helped her big brother Thomas fish as well.

“You are so lucky Mommy knows how to fish,” she said.

“I am so lucky; I fish, too,” agreed Julie.

Dennis Ferguson thanked his sponsors and volunteers.

“We couldn’t do it without them,” he said.

 Ferguson said organizers plan to make their 25th year extra special. To find out more, visit www.fishingrodeoforkids.