There were plenty of youngsters in the area that were excited and looking forward to converging on Dutchtown's Twin Lakes Park to enjoy a morning of angling at the East Ascension Sportsman League's 57th annual Kid's Fishing Rodeo.

Unfortunately, the rodeo had to be cancelled on Friday, just a day before the event, due to heavy rains in the area.

It doesn’t matter how good a plan may be or how much excitement it brings, when Mother Nature comes calling, those perfect plans can float away.

That’s exactly what happened this past weekend in Ascension Parish.

There were plenty of youngsters in the area that were excited and looking forward to converging on Dutchtown’s Twin Lakes Park to enjoy a morning of angling at the East Ascension Sportsman League’s 57th annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo.

Unfortunately, the rodeo had to be cancelled on Friday, just a day before the event, due to heavy rains in the area.

EASL Chairman Bettye Lambert released this statement: “To our community, and especially our children that have been looking forward to the Kid’s Fishing Rodeo, please accept our sincere apologies for having to cancel the event this year.

“Three nights in a row, there were downpours in Dutchtown. The area for parking, registering, weighing fish, eating and collecting prizes were too wet to accommodate everyone. The grounds would have taken a beating. We don’t want to tear up the area, with cars and trucks getting stuck and making big ruts. The owners have been so kind to us and treat us with respect for the use of their grounds.

“We did try to send out as much information on social media as possible, as well as word of mouth. Hopefully, we will be able to reschedule the fishing rodeo, and you can all come out and have a great time.”

The Kid’s Fishing Rodeo has had a great run in Ascension Parish.

Every year, hordes of the parish’s young fishermen participate in two hours of fishing with their parents. Afterward, they have their haul for the day counted and weighed.

Trophies are then awarded for the biggest fish and most fish caught for each age category. Children are grouped by age and gender.

Whichever kids are not able to win trophies, they are given door prizes. Participants also get free food.

Last year, almost 200 kids took part in the rodeo.

The EASL will continue to work on rescheduling the event. To hear the latest on the rodeo, make sure to follow the Weekly Citizen’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WeeklyCitizen?ref=hl.