Youth Fishing Derby

fishing derby logo 2022The Recreation and Events Commission is pleased to present the Annual Youth Fishing Derby at Shawnee Park on the first Saturday in June each year. Children ages 4 to 15 are invited to attend this FREE event each year. Children need to bring their own fishing poles, but bait, door prizes, lunch, etc., are included for FREE!

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and fishing begins at 9 a.m. Fishing concludes at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation of trophies (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and biggest fish in each age group [4-7, 8-11, 12-15]) begins at noon.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please email the City Clerk, call (937) 376-7235, or click HERE to learn more. 

This year's event will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024! Click here (to be posted closer to the event date) to view/print/download this year's flyer/registration form, which includes the rules for the event.


If you are a community member or local business owner who loves to support Xenia's Youth, please consider sponsoring the Xenia Youth Fishing Derby, which has been a Xenia tradition for more than 20 years! The sponsorship levels are listed below. Please note that funds must be received by May 15th to guarantee name/logo on the t-shirts.

PLATINUM: $1,000 or more

GOLD: $500

SILVER: $250

BRONZE: $100

Checks should be made payable to the City of Xenia. For your convenience, an electronic payment can be made by clicking HERE-- select "Misc. Payments," and under "Payment Type," select Fishing Derby Contributions.

Thank you for your support!

Sponsors received to date (February 21, 2024):


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Greene County Sheriff's Office - $300 (Youth Activity Fund)
Kelly Jones Insurance Agency LLC - $250


Every dollar helps put this event on for Xenia's youth!

Fishing Derby Registration