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Kids fish for fun

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More than 300 children participated in the Fish for Fun event sponsored by Consol Energy this past weekend at Lake Wilma near Blacksville, W.Va.
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Two of the winners of the Fish for Fun event at Lake Wilma were Gage Pierce, left, first-place winner for the 8-year-old and younger division, and Gracey Eddy, the overall champion. Gracey caught a trout that weighed 2.6 pounds and measured 18.75 inches long.
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More than 300 kids brought their lucky rods to Lake Wilma last weekend in a quest to catch the biggest fish.


Consol Energy hosted the second annual Fish for Fun, a free youth fishing contest for children ages 12 and under.


The contest was held at Lake Wilma, a 19-acre lake which sits on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia line near Blacksville, W.Va. Lake Wilma was used as a freshwater impoundment for Consol’s Blacksville No. 1 Mine and is now a popular fishing destination.


First- through third-place winners in each age division were awarded a trophy and a gift certificate to Cabela’s.


Fish for Fun is part of Consol Energy’s community investment program, whose mission is to be involved in activities that support the communities where the company operates. The goal is to benefit the most people, with a specific focus in the areas of public safety, youth organizations and arts and culture.


The following organizations partnered with Consol Energy: Blacksville Volunteer Fire Department, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Monongalia County WVU Extension Service, Clay Battelle Band Boosters, Cabela’s, Joe Riggs Sport Shop and Laurel Hill Trout Farm.


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