May 9, 1964:

Armed with rods, reels and bait, hundreds of children converged on Mountain Lake for the second Children’s Fishing Derby.
Gene Coleman, fishing derby chairman and Scranton Times outdoor editor, said “more than 1,200 youngsters had registered by the 1 p.m. kickoff time” at the lake in Scranton’s East Mountain section.

The children were broken up into age groups to compete, with awards given out to boys and girls in each group. Kids received all sorts of awards, such as “biggest fish of the day,” which went to 5-year-old Richard O’Hop of Scranton for his catch of an almost 16-inch bullhead. The award for first catch went to David Noakes of Taylor, and Joseph Fuller of San Diego won for “long-distance participant.”
Gerard J. Adams, member of the state Fish Commission; Warren W. Singer, assistant to the director of the state Fish Commission; and Clair Fleeger, regional warden supervisor of the state Fish Commission, served as judges.

The Lackawanna County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs also gave out awards at the derby. Taking home the grand prize of a six-person travel trailer was Stanley Kolewski of Scranton. The group also awarded a portable heater to Barbara Lee of Carbondale and binoculars to Milton Major of Scranton.
The derby was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters, Scranton Civil Defense Council, The Scranton Times and radio station WEJL.

The following year, participation in the derby grew to 1,500 children, who cast their lines into Rocky Glen Lake at its namesake park in Moosic, this time for a chance to win the big prize from Eynon Drug Store — a sleeping bag, a gift certificate and the champion’s trophy.
Marty Bufano of Scranton took home the 1965 champion’s trophy.

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