SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — In the City of Salem, the 70th Ernest “Pig” Robertson Fishing Rodeo has returned to Lake Spring Park, but now, it’s back in its original format.

This news comes after the popular fishing rodeo was canceled in 2020 and restricted in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Salem Parks and Recreation, the 2022 version will bring back Saturday fishing in various age groups, as well as the special needs and nursing home fishing days.

The Salem Kiwanis Club and Re/Max Real Estate One are once again sponsoring this year’s rodeo which is free for area children. Many businesses in the community also have donated prizes and money to help make this event such a success in past years. The top angler will receive a trophy and prizes will be awarded to young boys and girls throughout each day.

Statement released on March 31, 2022 by Salem Parks and Recreation

The event for children ages 3-8 already took place on Saturday, April 30, followed by the event for children with special needs on Monday, May 2, which drew more than 300 special needs students from various local schools.

Meanwhile, there are still two more days left in the event:

  • Nursing home residents from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 4
  • Children ages 9-12 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7