CLEAR SPRING -- Something fishy was going on Saturday morning at the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview.
Cars packed the parking lots, families carried buckets and chairs, and youths circled the edge of a large pond.
It was the school's first fishing rodeo -- a chance to catch the big one and win a few prizes along the way.
"It's a day of fun and education," said Wayne Eckley, event organizer and a teacher at the outdoor school.
The activity fits in with the school's mission to provide unique experiences that promote environmental awareness, he said.
About 200 people were on hand for the rodeo -- 125 of them contestants.
The age categories for the event included pre-kindergarten to grade 5, grades 6 to 8 and grades 9 to 12.
With the help of parents and grandparents, the participants spent several hours angling for one of the many trout that filled the pond, courtesy of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Albert M. Powell Hatchery.