OWENSVILLE – The annual Matt Maupin Memorial Fishing Derby For Kids – co-hosted by the Clermont Park District and East Fork Bass Anglers and scheduled for May 9 – became the latest event affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine stated in his April 27 daily briefing that the order prohibiting public gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place for the foreseeable future.
“Obviously we’re disappointed,” said Mark D. Motz, Park District community relations manager. “This event is one of the highlights of our spring. It’s wonderful to the see the Pattison Park fishing pond packed with kids and families from all over the county.
“We’re also proud to celebrate the memory of Matt Maupin – a fisherman himself – one of the heroes who paid the ultimate price so those of us back home could enjoy events like the Fishing Derby.
“However, the health and safety of our guests has been and will continue to be our first priority. We will comply with all state and local mandates to make sure people can avoid exposure to or the spread of the corona virus.”
Last year, about 60 children in three age groups – 7-and-under, 8 to 11 and 12 to 15 – participated. With parents, grandparents and volunteers, about 200 people ringed the lake. Alex Richey in the 12 to 15 age group hooked the largest fish of the day, a 5.39-pound bass.
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.