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Posted on: March 16, 2018

Sports Fishery Advisory Board Announces 26th Annual Fishing Essay Contest

MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- The Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board has announced its 26th Annual Fishing Essay Contest for students in Chautauqua County. The contest officially opened on March 13, 2018 and all entries must be submitted by April 13, 2018.


Last year 335 students from 10 different schools participated in the contest and the Sports Fishery Advisory Board is eager to see how many students will participate this year.


The contest is open to all Chautauqua County students in third through sixth grade who attend public, private or home schools. Essays must follow this year’s topic, “Describe your first fishing adventure or what you would like your first fishing adventure to be; who you went with, where you went, and what you caught.”


Entries must be 250 words or less and can be submitted singly or together by class. Each entry must include the student’s name, grade, teacher, and school. Teachers are also encouraged to submit their email addresses with their students’ essays to allow for quick and easy communication during the school day about contest results. Entries will be judged on originality and teachers are encouraged to work with students by incorporating the essay into a teaching activity.


“In the past we have received some very creative entries such as essays with drawings and pictures, and one year we even received an essay inside of a shoebox,” said Zen Olow, Chairman of the Sports Fishery Advisory Board. “It is great to see kids excited about fishing and the outdoors.”


All entries must be submitted to:

                Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board

                Office of the County Executive

                Gerace Office Building

                3 North Erie Street

                Mayville, NY 14757


All participants will receive a certificate and at least eight winners from each grade will receive a spin cast fishing pole kit. Among the winners, two grand prize winners will be selected to go on a fishing trip with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello this summer. Winners will be announced in early May and the two grand prize winners will be recognized at the May 23, 2018 Chautauqua County Legislature Meeting. All teachers and principals whose students submit essays will also receive a gift made by Kids on the Fly.


“We are very fortunate in Chautauqua County to have hundreds of places to fish, whether fishing from a boat, a pier, or wading into a creek or stream,” said Borrello. “We want to keep our children engaged in the refreshing outdoor activity of fishing and this essay contest is a great way to get our youth excited about the upcoming spring and summer fishing seasons.”


The Sports Fishery Advisory Board hopes the essay contest can be an interesting educational experience for students and helpful to teachers. It is intended to promote an awareness of Chautauqua County’s ecology, the factors that affect it, and the role each student plays in maintaining its quality in the future.


The contest is sponsored by the County Executive’s Office, County Legislature, and a majority of the prizes are funded through donations from the community and sportsmen’s clubs.


For more information, please contact the County Executive’s Office at (716) 753-4211 or Zen Olow at (716) 640-2776.

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