"Mommy, please, can I keep him forever?" beamed Summerhope Gray, 3, of Hagerstown.
On her lap lolled a rainbow trout that she just had reeled in from the pond at Pangborn Park.
Summerhope was one of more than 170 registered participants in Saturday's Fishin' Frenzy, an event for children under 12, senior citizens and people with disabilities. MIHI (Many Individuals Helping Individuals), a group that promotes accessibility for people of all abilities, sponsored the fourth annual event.
N. Linn Hendershot, chairman of the board of directors for MIHI, said one goal of the group is to make recreation more accessible. Members of the group were trying to come up with a community project and it seemed fishing was something just about everyone could do, Hendershot said.
Hendershot said the Maryland Department of Natural Resources provided around 600 rainbow trout from the Albert Powell Hatchery for the event.