Kids’ fishing derby
A kids’ fishing derby will be held July 22 at the Ottawa County Fair. The Oak Harbor FFA Chapter will host the event, assisted by the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District.
The derby, open to children ages 12 and under, will be held at the race track infield pond beginning at 9:30 a.m. for kids 5 and younger, and at 11 a.m. for the 6 to 12 age group.
Prizes will be awarded to the boys and girls of each class for the most fish caught (ties broken by total weight of the catch), largest fish caught (by weight), or smallest fish caught (by weight). There is also a guaranteed prize for every contestant who registers before July 18.
Contestants are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles and may bring their own bait, however poles and bait will be provided to contestants who need them. Participants are permitted one pole with a single hook. The youths must hold their own fishing poles while fishing, however adults are permitted to assist in baiting the hook and are allowed to help land the fish.
Pre-registration for the fishing derby for a guaranteed prize is due July 18 at 8 a.m. Final registration will be held
July 21 at 6 p.m. Registration cards may be picked up 15 minutes before the scheduled time.
To learn more about the fishing derby or to print the entry form for the event, visit www.ottawacountyfair.org. Call the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District Office at 419-898-1595 for more information.
Women in Conservation
Women of different ages and experience levels joined Ottawa Soil & Water Conservation District at the Oak Harbor Conservation Club June 20 for the second session of the “Women in Conservation” series.
The session was aimed at giving women an opportunity to fire handguns and participate in archery. Before the activities began, Bob Rogers, from the National Rifle Association, presented a safety talk on proper firearm handling to prevent misfire and injury.
Throughout the event, the women were instructed on technique by certified professional gunmen and archers. Many of the participants had never participated in either type of recreation before the session.
The next session in the series, which will be held July 18 at the Winous Point Shooting Club, will be a presentation on wild game cooking.
Call 419-898-1595 for more information.
Steve Schmid, president of Dairy Enterprises Incorporated, will discuss the impact dairy products have in Ohio at the monthly Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum July 19 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation, 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582), located pjust north of Bowling Green.
The program will begin at 8 a.m. with informal networking hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT). Everyone’s favorite childhood drink – chocolate milk – will be served during the presentation.
The cost is $10 per person (cash or check at the door), which includes breakfast and networking opportunities. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by emailing