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Fishing derby set for Sharpsburg

| Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Ron Grzech fishes for carp at the pier in Sharpsburg where he will be participating in the upcoming fishing derby.

The first Sharpsburg Fishing Derby is set for May 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the fishing pier off 13th Street.

A limited number of spaces are available.

The registration fee is $10 per person.

Councilman Greg Domian said the event is a way for people in the borough to get to know their neighbors and take ownership of their town.

“This isn't just a fishing derby. It's a community event,” Domian said.

Among the activities at the pier will be a food stand operated by the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department. Domian said it was important to have that kind of community involvement for the event.

For participants, several prizes will be available. First- and second-place cash prizes will be awarded for the biggest carp. A mystery weight will be decided before the event, and a fish caught that matches that weight will win that person $1,000. A $100 prize will be offered for the “ugliest” fish, and other prizes will be given throughout the day.

Coupons will be offered for a free child's bicycle helmet, which will be available this summer in various locations in the region through Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Registration forms are available online at www.sharpsburgborough.com and at Memories Bait and Gun Shop and R&G Fish and Tackle Bait Shop. Forms can be returned to the borough building at 1611 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or to Northwest Bank at 905 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Forms should not be left in the borough drop box. Forms also can be mailed to the borough building, 1611 Main St., Pittsburgh, PA 15215.

For more information, see the event's Facebook page by searching for “Sharpsburg Fishing Derby.”

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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