Fishing can be a competitive sport, but Saturday families around the community came to enjoy a family fun day of catch and release.
The fish fest has been a part of Bridgeport for past years, and this year it was held at the Doddridge County Elementary and Middle School pond.
This is the sixth year this four-hour event has been held, which was free to the public and included a full day of prizes for the kids with catch and release fishing.
The event was hosted by Doddridge County Starting Points, and the Doddridge County Chamber of Commerce.
Fish Fest coordinator, Brian Lipscomb, said this event wouldn’t be possible without the support of the many sponsors.
“The gas and the oil industry really stepped up and helped donate with money this year and we spent a bunch on fishing poles, tackle boxes, you name it, we’ve got tents, we’ve got things for the adults, we got things for older kids, it’s just a good day free fishing weekend,” said Lipscomb.
This event first started with only 13 participants but over the years it’s now grown to over 100.
Coordinators from this year’s Fish Fest say they hope to continue to grow this event for years to come.