Free Fishing Derby ‘catches on’ at Dearborn Homecoming

DEARBORN – Children ages 12 and under are invited to participate in a free Fishing Derby at this year’s Dearborn Homecoming. Located at Ford Field Pond on the south side of the Rouge River near Monroe Street and Morley Avenue, the Fishing Derby will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 4.

The free event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dearborn with fishing rods and supplies provided by Eppinger Manufacturing Co. of Dearborn.

This is the 14th year that the club has organized and sponsored the Fishing Derby for children and families. Rotarians volunteer to assist participating children and families during the event. The longest fish caught in a past year was a 14-inch largemouth bass. Prizes are awarded for the longest fish and most fish caught in three different age groups.

“The poles and bait are free,” said Travis Furlow, Dearborn Rotary event organizer. “It’s a fun activity for families and for our Rotarians.”

Participants are invited to register on the day of the event at the Ford Field Park South Shelter.

The Rotary Club of Dearborn is the city’s oldest service organization and is a member of Rotary International, bringing together 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 individual clubs to live the motto of “Service Above Self.”

Dearborn Rotary meets weekly at Park Place in Dearborn. For additional information, go to  or call 313-278-7233.