FAIRFIELD — Earth Day once again informed and entertained Saturday at the Fairfield Civic Center Pond with hundreds of people coming to enjoy the event.
The highlight of the day was the Kids’ Fishing Derby put on by volunteers who are dedicated to enriching the lives of children who are disadvantaged or disabled.
The Kids Day of Fishing organization is dedicated to the memory of Robert Orlando, a student of San Ramon High School killed in a car crash last year.
“This is perfect. He loved fishing. He loved being outdoors. You couldn’t ask for a better combination,” said his mother Anna-Maria Orlando.
“The only thing better would be for him to be here to enjoy this,” she said.
Assemblymember Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, who lost his daughter in a car accident 20 years ago, was asked to host the event.
“I came in the memory of my daughter. I loved to fish, but I didn’t do it much back then. I missed out on a lot of opportunities because of work, but this is great because it gives kids time to spend with mom and dad,” Frazier said.
“It just makes my day, when I can come out and make a difference in the lives of people. I have the best job in the sense that I have a high satisfaction level. It’s so much more than just financial,” he said.
For many children this was the first time they had ever been fishing. That was the case for Cason Boyle who turns 3 years old Sunday. The boy came with his grandmother and great-grandmother, making it a family event.
“This is part of his birthday present – his mom and dad are decorating for the party. So it gives them time to get that together,” his grandmother said.
The event also celebrated Earth Day with about 10 or 12 booths from various conservation organizations in the area as well as some educational groups.
Solano County Animal Care Services came with dogs and cats that were available for adoption. The fees were half off and covered shots, microchip and spay/neuter.
There were also games, a book reading with a book giveaway and a recycling poster contest.
The Fairfield Police Department gave the participants in the fishing derby a free lunch. About 250 children and parents came to the event.
“I like to fish but in the shade,” said Torrance Evans, staring at the fish he had caught.
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