Colton’s Catch Catfish Tournament set Saturday

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GUILFORD LAKE — The third annual Colton’s Catch Catfish Tournament begins at 7 p.m, Saturday at Guilford Lake. Fifty percent of proceeds will benefit Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research at Boston Children’s Hospital, where one of the most respected research studies in the world, Robert’s Program, is inching closer to answers for grieving parents and to ending SIDS permanently. Studies have shown that a brain stem abnormality may be one of the underlying issues that makes babies prone to SIDS, but at this time the only way to test for that is in an autopsy.

The Koons family has been fundraising for Robert’s Program since Feb. 5, 2014, after the unexpected death of their son, Colton Koons on Aug. 19, 2013. Colton was just 6 months old when he was put down for a nap and never woke up. Since then, the family has raised over $21,300 for SIDS research and hopes to surpass $25,000 this year. The catfish tournament is just one of many fundraising events the family has hosted, which include craft shows and car washes. This is the second catfish tournament they have hosted this summer. Many local businesses have contributed to the fundraising efforts, including Hickey Metal Fabrication, K&S Millwrights, Grubbs Brothers, Wally Armour, Smilewright Family Dental and Glenn’s Archery.

Registration for the tournament is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Guilford Lake beach pavilion (accessed from Camp Boulevard) Early registration also available at Glenn’s Archery from now until Saturday. Entrants will be judged on combined length of three largest fish (channel cats only), with a minimum of 14 inches per fish. The measuring will begin promptly at 7 a.m. Sunday at Guilford Lake Beach, no exceptions. Fish must be alive at check in. The entry fee is $25. The first place will take 35 percent of the pot, second place will take 15 percent of the pot and third will get their entry fee back.

For participants who don’t catch three 14-inch fish, there is still an opportunity to win the “smallest catfish” or “biggest catfish” contest. The winner of each category will receive $50. There is no minimum or maximum requirement for this contest, if you only catch one fish all night, bring it in to measure at 7 a.m. Sunday. You are automatically registered for both the largest and smallest catfish contests when you register for the tournament. Catfish can be caught anywhere in Guilford Lake. To learn more about Guilford Lake State Park or for a park map visit parks.ohiodnr.gov/guilfordlake.

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