A Memorial Day tradition in Falls Township is coming back this year for a bit of friendly competition between residents. Children and teens ages 5 to 17 and their families are invited to register for the Falls Township Fishing Derby.

The Fishing Derby typically brings between 100 and 125 people out for a fun day of casting and reeling. Falls Parks and Rec Director Brian Andrews really means it when he says the day is for the whole family.

“In the past few years we’ve gotten a lot of girls in addition to the boys,” Andrews said. “It’s usually a dad and daughter, a dad and son. Sometimes it’s the whole family now. We get mom, dad, and the kids. It’s a cool and rewarding event for us. We’ve already signed up several people so far.”

Andrews praised Bart’s Tackle Shop for sponsoring the event longer than he has been with the township. The local store in Tullytown supplies prizes for all the fishermen.

While everyone receives a prize, some victories are doled out less commonly. The township will give trophies to two winners in each age group.

“We break them down into age groups, usually two year intervals,” Andrews said. “We award trophies for the most fish caught in a certain category and biggest fish caught in a certain category.”

The township also supplies bait courtesy of Bart’s for the first 100 people.

Check in for this free event begins Monday, May 27 at 7:30 a.m. The fishing derby runs from 8 to 10 at the Falls Township Community Park.

Registration forms are available at the Parks and Rec Office, Room 105, or starting April 15 at Bart’s Tackle Shop. Anyone with questions or looking for an online registration form should email Brian Andrews or call (215) 949-9000 ext. 220.