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Coast senior citizens gather for Senior Fishing Rodeo

The Harrison County Senior Resources Department, along with many of its community partners and Harrah's Casino, sponsored the day of fishing for the group of seniors. (Photo source: WLOX) The Harrison County Senior Resources Department, along with many of its community partners and Harrah's Casino, sponsored the day of fishing for the group of seniors. (Photo source: WLOX)
Green-Merrell says she's pleased with this year's turn out for the first fishing rodeo for seniors, and she's optimistic that next year's turnout will be even better. (Photo source: WLOX) Green-Merrell says she's pleased with this year's turn out for the first fishing rodeo for seniors, and she's optimistic that next year's turnout will be even better. (Photo source: WLOX)
Seniors ages 55 and older came to Harrah's Great Lawn to participate in a fishing rodeo designed to help them become more social and active. (Photo source: WLOX) Seniors ages 55 and older came to Harrah's Great Lawn to participate in a fishing rodeo designed to help them become more social and active. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Thursday morning, dozens of senior citizens put on their sunscreen and broke out their angling skills to participate in a fishing rodeo.

The Harrison County Senior Resources Department, along with many of its community partners and Harrah's Casino, sponsored the day of fishing for the group of seniors.

Seniors ages 55 and older came to Harrah's Great Lawn to participate in a fishing rodeo designed to help them become more social and active.

"It's something I've done all my life. I've done it from the time I was about 10 years old. Probably younger than that," said senior Ronnie Glass, of Gulfport.

"I think it's a great thing. It's good for the community. It's good for the senior citizens, because for a lot of our seniors, there's nothing to do every day. So, they just kind of sit at home and mope around. This is something to do to mingle with other people," senior Myra Carter, of Gulfport, said.

Janice Green-Merrell is the Director of Senior Services for Harrison County, and she has taken the time to organize this senior fishing rodeo. She says the idea of the event was simple; to give local seniors a chance to relax, meet new people and enjoy the outdoors.

"Typically, seniors go to the centers and do activities like knitting and crocheting and ceramics, and we have active seniors and we're trying to find activities that will bring others seniors out and get them involved in outdoor activities," Green-Merrell said.

Green-Merrell says she's pleased with this year's turn out for the first fishing rodeo for seniors, and she's optimistic that next year's turnout will be even better.

"We're hoping to increase the number of seniors that will be able to come out and meet each other and get involved in this activity. We know that things like fishing is one of the most relaxing activities that they can be involved in," Green-Merrell said. "It's great that somebody thinks about the older people, and not only the older people that enjoys the outdoors.”

“Special prizes were awarded for the biggest fish, the most fish and the most unusual catch," senior Carl Harris, of Gulfport, said.

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