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Fishing Contest Held Saturday in Toluca

Sunday, September 02, 2018 - Posted 6:33:46 PM
Toluca held its annual fishing contest for youngsters last Saturday at Preservation Park immediately south of the downtown area at the base of Toluca's "jumbo".  Prizes were given for the most fish caught and for the biggest fish in each age group of 3-5. 6-9, and 10 and over.  The contest started at 11:00 am and lasted for one hour.
After the contest, winners were announced.  After that the kids enjoyed a petting zoo consisting of several animals including a prairie dog, a white skunk, a ferret, rabbits, a llama, goat and pony, a turtle, a goose, a duck and a silky rooster that crowed a lot.  

In addition face painting was an option for the kids and some daring individuals even climbed to the top of the "jumbo" which is local parlance for a slag heap from a coal mine.

Below are some photos of the event.

A view of the fishing pond at Preservation Park.

Melanie Mills and her son Lance go fishing.

Lance catches a 7 inch bluegill.

The fish is measured on a measuring board by officials standing by.

After the fishing contest, children enjoyed petting the animals including this llama and goat.

A little boy inspects this pony.

A group photo of the fishing contestants.

This is a view from the top of the "jumbo" looking west down towards Preservation Park and the fishing pond.  Unlike Minonk, the citizens of Toluca were able to prevent their jumbo from being trucked away as fill for the I-39 interstate construction in 1991.  The park has trees planted in memory of several of Toluca's citizens.