LEESBURG — The Bassmaster Family Fest at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg is only weeks away and children ages 7-14 are encouraged to register by Friday for this fun-filled fishing event.
Families can join the City of Leesburg, Lake County Water Authority and the Lake County Department of Economic Development and Tourism in welcoming this event to Lake County on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants of the children’s fishing derby at Family Fest will receive T-shirts, hats, stickers, lures and a Zebco rod and reel. Early registration is suggested as the fishing derby is limited to the first 1,000 participants.
To register for the fishing derby, download the registration form here. Entry forms are due Friday, Feb. 3, with a $5 registration fee. On-site registration will be determined based on space availability.
An annual, family-friendly event, Family Fest also includes an autograph session with all CITGO Bassmaster Classic anglers from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Other features of the event include a Bassmaster CastingKids exhibit, face painting, magicians, clowns, a giant slide, a moonwalk and concessions.
Accompanying Family Fest this year for the first time ever is the 2006 Junior Bassmaster World Championship. Junior Bassmasters are divided into two age categories: 11-14 and 15-18. For two days, Feb. 18 and 19, the world’s best junior anglers will fish on the Harris Chain of Lakes. The first day, the junior anglers will be accompanied by professional anglers from CITGO Bassmaster Classic as together they will enjoy a day of fishing and learning from one another. On day two, the juniors get down to business competing in the world championship.
A schedule of Sunday’s events at Venetian Gardens include:
Bassmaster Family Fest
- 7 a.m. — Registration, flight A
- 8:30 a.m. — Registration, flight B
- 9-9:30 a.m. — Flight A fishing and CastingKids exhibition
- 10 a.m. — Registration, flight C
- 10-10:30 a.m. — Flight B fishing and CastingKids exhibition
- 11-11:30 a.m. — Flight C fishing and CastingKids exhibition
- 3:30-5:30 p.m. — Classic contenders autograph session
Junior Bassmaster World Championship
- 1:30 p.m. — Junior Bassmaster World Championship weigh-in