The Fair Haven Fishing Association is hosting its All Aboard Fishing Weekend Friday June 20 through Sunday June 22.
This is the ninth year for fishing with children with special needs and the sixth Fair Haven Wounded Warriors fishing event for military personnel.
More than 20 children from Fair Haven and the surrounding areas and 25 Fort Drum soldiers in the Warrior Transition Program and with special needs will join the fishing trip this year.
The Wounded Warriors arrive Friday in Fair Haven at 3 p.m. and take in some activities at Anchor Resort and Marina. At 6 p.m. they are escorted to the American Legion by the Fair Haven Fire Department, Hannibal Legion riders, Cub Scout Pack 885 and others.
In the past, many residents and visitors line Main Street to thank the service members.
At 5:30 a.m. Saturday the Wounded Warriors anglers head out for salmon fishing on several association charter boats. when they return with their fish and stories, the association captains and volunteers have a barbecue ready to top off the day.
On Sunday, the action starts again with the fishing trip for the children.
They go out to catch for bass and panfish in the bay. The “competition” between the association member boats is fierce for the most fish and largest fish.
Their day is capped off by another barbecue. It’s not uncommon for many of the kids to fish off the docks at Anchor Resort and Marina with the fishing rod/reel combo given to them before they head back home.
The association is looking for people who can assist with a monetary donation to help with the kids’ fishing equipment and give each Wounded Warriors a cooler stuffed with an assortment of gifts.
Last year, each Wounded Warrior was given a framed personal photograph of his or her fishing day, a trophy created and donated by a A-1 Trophies, (Syracuse) and combo tools, flashlights, DVDs and other items.
Please send donations to Fair Haven Fishing Association, PO Box 566, Fair Haven, NY 13064 or drop off your donation to Anchor Resort and Marina.
Send an email to AllAboardFHFA@gmail.com to let the association know what is being sent or donated so they can plan accordingly.