~ PVN staff report, with information provided by Town staff
STANLEY — Almost 100 children registered to fish along the Hawksbill Creek in the fourth annual Trout Day hosted by the Stanley Police Department and the Town of Stanley on Saturday, March 19 at Hawksbill Park.
“This was another youth event that is free and has been very successful in the past, which not only brings the children out, but also their families to the Hawksbill Park,” Town Manager Terry Pettit said following the event.
Along with parents, grandparents and others, the total crowd attending the event was estimated at 250.
“We truly appreciate the Town doing this event for the kids,” said Derek Foltz of McGaheysville, noting that his girls look forward to coming to Stanley for the the event each year.
While fishing and fun are the priorities of the day, Stanley’s police officers also use the annual event for another purpose.
“It provides an opportunity for the youth in the community to interact in a good environment with the police officers,” Stanley Police Chief Ryan Dean said. “The entire event was paid for with grants and donations and the Stanley Police Department is very appreciative for the support it continues to receive from the community.”
“It’s a great day for family fun,” Stanley Police Captain Aaron Cubbage added.
Many in the crowd felt like the event also served as a way to show appreciation for those on the front lines.
“This is wonderful for the kids and gives the community a chance to show their support for the police department and all members of the Blue,” James Thompson of Shenandoah said. “Thank you for your service.”
Door prizes and food were also offered to everyone who attended.
“It was a beautiful day, a great turnout and this gives the community an opportunity to interact with the police department, town officials and town staff,” May Michale Knight said.
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