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  • Kenneth Kieser: Fishing tournament will promote dental health

  • Here is a riddle: What do good, clean teeth and fishing have in common? Why the “Show Me the Smiles Fishing Festival” on Hillsdale Lake at the Jayhawk Marina on Sunday, April 28, of course.

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  • Here is a riddle: What do good, clean teeth and fishing have in common? Why the “Show Me the Smiles Fishing Festival” on Hillsdale Lake at the Jayhawk Marina on Sunday, April 28, of course.
    Any kid can have their teeth checked for free by a dentist at this event. Problems will be fixed at a later date – still for free. Did you ever hear of anything like that at a fishing tournament? Even the food and drinks will be free while supplies last or I get tired of cooking hamburgers. More importantly, this is the chance for you to get autographs from Kansas City Chiefs.
    Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster, punter Dustin Colquitt and former All-Pro lineman Will Shields will be on hand to answer questions, sign autographs or to pose for pictures.
    There will be entertainment, too, including an inflatable for the kids, lives music by the band Robe and other entertainment.
    Terry Acton, originator of this special tournament, is an outdoor radio personality on 610 AM Sports at 7 a.m. every Saturday. The professional radio man has a soft heart for kids in the outdoors. But this tournament is designed to provide funding to pay for needed dental work so kids can grow up with better teeth than most of us Baby Boomers have to deal with.
    “I have fun doing this,” Acton said. “I started doing these in 1998 and this is my 15th tournament. I have created tournaments for many non-profit groups over the years.”
    Acton has created a very unique tournament, too. There will be a bass and crappie tournament from boats and a crappie tournament from the bank for cash prizes. The bass tournament will launch at 7 a.m. and the crappie tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. The bank tournament begins at 8 a.m. with a $20 registration fee the day of event.
    “The tournament is to raise money and offset the cost of this dental care for kids,” Acton said. “This is all free for the kids and any that show up will receive a free checkup, no questions asked. This will be the first tournament to include bank fishing I have ever heard of.”
    The boat fishermen for crappie or bass will compete for a first-place prize of $500, $250 for second and $100 for third. Bank fishermen will win $35 for first place, $15 for second and $10 for third. We hope to have a lot of bank fishermen.
    The event will also have an auction for $500 tires from Big-O Tires, a side of hog from Steve’s Meat Market, a guided fishing trip from Steve Green, dinner with Dustin Colquitt, custom fishing rods made by Ryan’s Custom Rod Builders, a diamond necklace, one of my autographed western novels and other prizes, including raffles for quality items.
    Page 2 of 2 - So come on out and let’s have some fun and say hello! I will be there cooking hot dogs and hamburgers, proving that veteran outdoor writers get no respect!
    For more information, contact Terry Acton at 913-481-0997.
     
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