BRIGHTON — On Saturday, June 7, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 19th Annual Senior Fishing Festival at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The Senior Fishing Festival traditionally takes place on the first Saturday in June and coincides with free fishing days in Colorado.
This year more than 190 seniors took part in the festival, which has become such a popular event that many participants traveled from out of state to attend. The oldest participant this year was 91 years old. Prizes are awarded for the six largest fish caught in both male and female divisions, plus a special category for largest carp.
Many of the participants proudly wore attire identifying themselves as veterans of past wars.
“This is the Greatest Generation. They are all survivors. Survivors of the Second World War, the Great Depression, and the Dust bowl, and they deserve a greater measure of respect,” said Sheriff Doug Darr. “Our relationship with our senior citizens is crucial to public safety. It makes us better, stronger, and tunes us in to our community.”
This event would not be possible without the generous donations from local businesses in our community, and the volunteer work of members of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and their families.
“This is one my favorite events.” Sheriff Darr said, “not because of the fishing, but because of the people.”