Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation De­part­ment will host a free Kid’s Fishing Derby on Fourth of July weekend.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 3. Festivities are near the Lions Shelter at Freeman Lake Park.

This year registration is free and can be completed online. According to a news release, once registered, the child automatically will be entered to win a raffle throughout the day. Raffle prizes include outdoor games, fishing items and gift certificates. A drawing is held every 30 minutes or until all prizes are gone. Only those who pre-register will have a chance at winning gifts.

The deadline to register is July 2.

“Of course, people can walk up and fish — no issues there. The pre-registration just gives those individuals access to the raffle giveaways,” assistant program coordinator Travis Wells said in an email.

Interested families can register online at etownrec.activityreg.com and click on the Programs and Activities button to start the registration process.

Each participant must provide his or her own rod and reel, bait, and stringer. State approved bait are artificial bait, worms, crickets, and minnows.

In addition to fishing and raffles, there will be other free activities and barbecue from Bluegrass Meats and Catering food truck for additional purchase.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will be onsite. Children do not have to have a fishing license, nor do they have to have a Freeman Lake Park fishing permit for this event. Parents or caregivers assisting children must have a Kentucky fishing license (per Kentucky law) if they plan to hold rod and reel and/or the fish to assist the child. If a parent does not obtain a license, they may not touch the rod and reel or the fish.

Fishing must take place from the banks only, the release said. They ask for no boat fishing during the derby.

Sponsors for the event include the City of Elizabethtown, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Target, Sportsman Rod and Gun, Kiwanis Club of Hardin County and Walmart.

For additional program information, go to elizabethtownky.org/parks-and-recreation.

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