Alette Turgeon, 5, of Stirling thought it would be a good idea to fish with her face painted at the 10th annual Blair Smith Memorial Fishing with Kids event in Trenton on Saturday. The event drew 120 youngsters again this year.

TRENTON — In life, Blair Smith was happiest outdoors with a fishing rod in his hands. In death, hundreds and hundreds of children are being exposed to his passion because of his foresight.
On Saturday, his widow Tammy hosted the Blair Smith Memorial Fishing with Kids event for the 10th time and once again, more than 120 kids were wetting a line near the mouth of the Trent River at RiverFront Square.
Smith lost his battle with Stage 4 testicular cancer in 2008 and one of his last wishes was to have any donations received at his funeral used to expose children to fishing.
“He pretty much had this organized himself before he died because he spent as much time fishing with our kids (Kirsten and Anthony) and he wanted other children to have the opportunity to try it and enjoy it as well,” Tammy said. “When we were kids we would jump on our bikes and go fishing if we felt like it, but now it’s a lot more difficult to do that and moms and dads don’t always have time in their schedules to take kids fishing.”
The event is for children up to 13 years old and they all receive a fishing goodie bag. There were a number of other activities and the opportunity to watch some of the live weigh-in from the Fishing League Worldwide, also being held in Trenton on the weekend.
Legends Bob Izumi from the Real Fishing Show and Mike Miller from Angler Hunter TV were participating in the tournament and were on hand Saturday.
Smith said the event got a huge boost with the addition of the City of Quinte West and the Downtown Business Improvement Area.
“We had $13,000 in donations so we were hoping we could make the event last 10 years, but last year the water levels were so high in Centennial Park we had to cancel it in May,” she said. “Both the city and DBIA got involved and it was moved over here (RiverFront Square) in August and now they are going to hold it here every year. That means it will live another 10 years and we could not be happier.”
Smith told the children her late husband could not be happier than seeing them with fishing rods
and smiles.
“He had this idea he shared with myself and our good friend Art (that) he wanted there to be a fishing event to expose kids to fishing and he directed us to have all the donations collected at his funeral to go into a new pot of money to support the Blair Smith Memorial Fishing with Kids,” she said.
“He felt that giving the kids the opportunity to be introduced to the sport of fishing would be a good, positive experience.
“We all recognize that the sport of fishing in the Quinte region is huge on the bay and that to sustain this we need to have our kids passionate about it in their early years or they won’t even know it’s in them.”
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