Andy and Opie whistling down to the old fishing hole in the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show is about as iconic an image of Americana as exists anywhere and the Women’s League of Mount Airy want to make sure that it stays that way.
The Women’s League, along with Mount Airy Parks and Recreation and NC Wildlife Resources Commission, are co-sponsoring the fourth Andy-Opie “Take Me Fishing Day” Saturday, Sept. 19, at Tumbling Rock Reservoir in Westwood Park.
Women’s League president Lisa Goodin doesn’t think it odd that a women’s group is sponsoring a fishing event. “We all fished as kids,” she says. “We want to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy our natural resources. This is a good opportunity for kids to get outdoors and get away from TVs and computers.”
Previous events have drawn 150 to 200 kids and Goodin feels this year’s outing is on target to do the same.
Saturday will be the fourth year for the event and according to Goodin, the reservoir will be stocked with 900 fish prior to the event and NC Wildlife Resources Commission will supply all of the children in attendance with fishing poles, bait and gear.
Local businesses have donated prizes and every time a kid catches a fish, they get a ticket for a prize. This year there will also be pizza, apples and snacks. Goodin is convinced that “Everybody will go away with something. Businesses have been so generous.”
Catrina Alexander of Mount Airy Parks and Recreation also gives high praise to the event, “We love this partnership. It’s a wonderful, fun family event.” The handicap accessible pier and other improvements was built with a grant to the Parks and Rec Trust Fund, according to Alexander.
Tumbling Rock Reservoir’s pier is handicapped-accessible and is perfectly suited for folks with mobility issues. “Take Me Fishing Day” is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 rain or shine. Bring your own fishing pole or one will be provided along with bait. There will be a lemonade stand on site with proceeds going to the Children’s Center.
For additional information, call Lisa Goodin at 336-710-3024.
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