- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has donated nearly 300 fishing poles to help more children get interested in the sport along the Detroit River.

The donation will allow the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and its partners to accommodate more children during Kids Fishing Fest, which is held each June.

The free youth fishing and conservation event was started several years ago by the conservancy, the Rivertown Detroit Association, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. This year’s event is June 12 at Milliken State Park in downtown Detroit.

Kids Fishing Fest is designed to engage children ages 6 to 14 in fishing along the Detroit River and to educate them on the principles of water stewardship.

Lear year, hundreds of children and their families participated.

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