Westborough Civic Club holds 16th annual Fishing Challenge

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Westborough Civic Club holds 16th annual Fishing Challenge
Anglers filled Minuteman Park for the Westborough Civic Club’s Fishing Challenge. (photo/Evan Walsh)

WESTBOROUGH – Westborough’s Minuteman Park was full with eager fishers on May 4.

With excellent weather and clear skies, scores of community members gathered on the shores of the Westborough Reservoir to participate in the Westborough Civic Club’s Fishing Challenge. This was the 16th year of the challenge, and over 150 people registered for the contest.

“Look at this; it’s a great view. You see the water, the trees, the sky. It’s springtime. Sunlight comes out and it picks up everybody’s mood. The excitement, especially for kids who are landing their first fish. It’s something people don’t often get to do, and it’s a great experience for them,” event organizer Bill Kohler told the Community Advocate before the event.

Participants ranged in skill and experience. Beginners were helped by Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife personnel, who informed novice fishers about proper fishing technique and helped people identify different species. For those looking to compete, the Westborough Civic Club offered prizes. The contestants were divided into three age groups, and people who caught the longest fish in each category were rewarded. 

“It’s an opportunity for families and kids to get outside. Many of them try it for the first time,” said Kohler.

The Westborough Civic Club, organized in 1975, seeks to benefit the town of Westborough and its residents. In addition to the Fishing Challenge, the group donates to dozens of causes throughout town, including scholarships for graduating Westborough High School students, the Special Olympics, the Little League, and the library.

“The motivation is to give back to the community. That’s what the Westborough Civic Club was founded to do… Our mission is to support various things throughout the town of Westborough. This is just one more thing we do to give back to the community. It’s completely free for residents,” Kohler said.

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