Chuck Copeland Memorial Rodeo looks to bring smiles to kid
Spring City, TN — Spring City’s annual Chuck Copeland Memorial Kids Free Fishing Rodeo will be held on June 9, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm at Veteran’s Park in Spring City. Registration will be at 7 am and no one is allowed in park before 6 am of the day of event. Event is for children 12 years of age and under. Please remember there are no political signs, pamphlets or soliciting allowed inside the park area.
Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing rods. A small amount of loaners are normally available. There will plenty of snacks, drink and bait available. There will be numerous door prizes. Watts Bar Lake Assoiation helps with food distribution and several local organization donate the food. If you have any questions, call Perry Massengill 423-476-1404. Prizes are given on first come basis and are limited. Rodeo will be held, rain or shine.
The rodeo has been going on for around 19 years. TWRA uaually stocks over 2,000 pounds of catfish into the coves the week prior to the event.
Each year numerous bicycles, scooters and other prizes ranging from gift certificates to local businesses, as well as tickets to the Chattanooga Lookouts, Knoxville Zoo, TN Aquarium, Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Creative Discovery Museum, rod and reel combos and some really nice grand prizes.
TWRA has been involved with the Fishing Rodeo since around 1998.
Perry Massengill said about Chuck Copeland, “This event was Chuck Copeland’s “baby”. He was a big man with an even bigger heart for children. Chuck was involved with it from the very first year since the TWRA has been involved with it. He loved this event probably more than anything he did in his career with the TWRA. The first few years we had it, we had maybe 75-100 kids show up and didn’t have nearly the sponsorship and prizes that we have now. Chuck passed away in 2004 and got to see the event grow, I’d LOVE to see what he thinks about it now with all the sponsors and the attendance we have grown to have today.”