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Kids' Fishing Event one of the highlights of Trout Days

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A boy holds up one of his catches at Saturday's Kids' Fishing Event, as part of Preston's Trout Days weekend. A boy holds up one of his catches at Saturday's Kids' Fishing Event, as part of Preston's Trout Days weekend.
PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- - Now that it's officially trout fishing season, the town of Preston held its annual Trout Days weekend on May 15th, 16th, and 17th.

The weekend was packed with various activities and events, aiming to get people "hooked" on Preston.

One of the highlights of the annual three-day festival included the Kids' Fishing Event.

The Kids' Fishing event has been going on since the mid-50's, making it the longest-running fishing contest in the state of Minnesota.

"They'll fish from about 9 to 10:30, then they'll come in and everyone 12 and under gets a prize, gets food. It's just a really good event to get the community together, really learn about fishing, it's just a really good thing," said Sam Bahl, a Kids' Fishing Event Volunteer.

All of the prizes given away and food provided at the kids' fishing event were donated by local businesses, entirely.

The prizes, not surprisingly, all had to do with fishing.

Tackle boxes, fishing poles, every kid gets a bag with a stringer, some bobbers, sinkers, hooks, just fishing things that gets kids really interested in it and really to like the hobby and to make sure it keeps going,” said Bahl.

However, for the kids, it isn't all about free food and prizes.

The rainbow trouts are very pretty,” said Kayden Shaw, who fished at Saturday's event.

I like casting it out and catching them,” said Matt Marzolf, who also fished at Saturday's event.

Turnout this year for the annual fishing event was around 120 people.

Typically, around 150 people show up, but the rainy morning weather kept people away.

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