Polk County KFE Draws 487 Kids

Nothing like free fishing, food and prizes!

Hunter Galloway | June 22, 2016

Saturday, June 11 was the annual Polk County Kids Fishing Event (KFE). This annual KFE takes place off Highway 113 in northeast Polk County on property owned by CW Matthews Contracting Co. The pond is large enough to hold quite a crowd of excited young anglers.

DNR Law Enforcement Cpl. Chad Cox, who is the host for the Polk County KFE, and a group of great volunteers made this year’s event the best one yet. This year’s event drew 487 kids, up from the 430 who attended last year.  There was free fishing, drinks and snacks for everyone. There were also giveaways and a big-fish contest.

Neida Lopez ended up winning the big-fish contest with a 6-lb., 6-oz. catfish. For catching the biggest fish, she received a big trophy and a $50 gift card to Walmart.

There were plenty of smiles and stringers full of catfish when the day was over. Overall, Chad and the volunteers did a great job with setting this up and letting the kids have a great time in the outdoors.

“This is a great community event,” said Chad. “I love to see the smiles on the kids’ faces, and they remember me and the event when I see them in the community. Everyone leaves the event full after eating hot dogs, chips, cookies and ice cream. The kids will continue to wear their free shirt they receive at the event. I really like seeing happy kids, and I know that they had the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and fish.”

GON was honored to attend this year’s KFE. Please enjoy a small sampling of the photos we took from the event on this page. For a complete album of photos from the event, go to GON’s Facebook page at

Let me encourage you to make plans to attend next year’s Polk County KFE. Beginning next spring, you can keep a watch on the GON Kids Calendar of Events in the GON Kids section for  the date.

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