Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs

Published 3:54 pm Thursday, May 4, 2017

Crowd turns out for local fishing event 
STANFORD – Chad Farris said he’s made mistakes in his life but it was fishing that saved him from falling into the world of drug addiction.
“I used to park my truck down there,” he said pointing towards Cedar Creek Lake, “…and we did some things we shouldn’t have done. The other guys went and did other things and I came back to fish. I got hooked on fishing, they got hooked on drugs.”
That was exactly the motivation behind the Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs event hosted by Operation Unite and the Lincoln County Safe Communities Committee. A crowd of more than 100 people showed up for the event Tuesday at Cedar Creek Lake.
The annual event was attended by local recovering addicts, foster parents, grandparents raising the children of addicts and volunteers who offered their time to teach the kids how to fish. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife was on hand to help bait hooks and give lessons and donations from Billy and Susie Stafford, LMI, Inter-County Energy, Stanford Presbyterian Church, Fort Logan Hospital and Lincoln County EMS helped feed and entertain the kids for two hours Tuesday evening.