The Kids Fishing Derby is an annual city hosted event held at Gardner Lake every in September. The event is co-sponsored by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Cops N’ Bobbers.  Worms and fishing poles are provided, however kids are encouraged to bring their own pole.  Trophies given for biggest fish, most fish and more, along with a lunch and goodie bags for all the kids. Photos courtesy of Rick Poppitz


LEFT: Tsegage Gebremskel, of Gardner, and his son Kaulib, 6, enjoyed the morning of Sept 9 at Gardner Lake, participating in the Kids Fishing Derby hosted by the city of Gardner. MIDDLE: Three year old Ledger, from Gardner, was fishing for the first time at Gardner Lake, and seemed pleased with his catch. RIGHT: Jamie Konrade of Gardner, and his son Karter, 4, were trying to catch fish but landed a turtle instead. Unfortunately, no points are awarded for turtles.