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DNR State Fair Fishin' Pond Needs Volunteers
Updated June 27, 2018 5:56 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - More than 130 people are needed to assist kids around the Fishin' Pond during the 17 days (Aug. 3-19) of the Indiana State Fair.

Volunteers get free admission to the fair on the day they work, a free Fishin' Pond T-shirt, and the opportunity to fish with kids for a few hours at the pond.

You will work directly with the kids and their families around the Pond. You will assist 2-3 kids at a time during their fishing experience and help bait hooks, cast the cane pole, catch fish, and return fish to the water.

If you don't like touching worms, getting fishy, or standing in the sun, other volunteer needs are available. The Pond has 5 volunteer stations and needs about 20 volunteers each 3-hour fishing session: Registration (2), Speaker (2), Fishing (12), Equipment (2), and Education (2).


The Fishin' Pond allows children ages 5-17 the opportunity to fish for free. fishing pond. Parents sign-up their kids at the registration table, families listen to a short talk about fishing safety, and then the kids can fish for up to 15 min.

After fishing, the whole family can learn more about Indiana fish through a coloring activity and playing with fishy friends.


In 2017, nearly 3,700 kids fished at the Pond, and, for many of them, this was their first fishing experience.

The program would not be such a success without the wonderful volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering at the State Fair Fishing Pond, please apply to volunteer. Registration for 2018 has begun. If you need additional assistance or have questions, email

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