Kids Day of Fishing, Inc is a Fairfield-based organization of volunteers dedicated to enriching the lives of children with special needs and under-privileged kids and their families. The Kids Day of Fishing event was founded in 2007 and since then the team of dedicated volunteers continue to bring children from a diverse set of backgrounds joy and teach them a life skill—all while finding reward in the joy of the children. “I am having fun catching fish,” said Andrew Coleman, a third grader from Winters. Coleman spent the morning with his younger brother and grandfather. The fishing event was held at the small fishing pond that is accessible to children and the handicapped at Lake Solano. The pond was stocked with 400 to 500 pounds of catfish and bass, through donations from the many sponsors. Kids Day of Fishing is also able to supply the first 100 youth to come to the event with fishing poles and tackle. Tristan Rupp of Fairfield repeatedly shouted, “I got one!” after his first catch of the day. It also happened to be his first fish caught ever. Rupp went to the Lake Solano fishing event last year, but said he only caught “seaweed.” Within minutes of his first cast, Rupp had a very large catfish on the line. As it was for Rupp this would be the first time catching a fish for many children there. Coltan Vue’s favorite part of the fishing event was being able to catch such big fish. This was Vue’s second year at Kids Day of Fishing. Last year Vue caught the second biggest fish at the derby. Nicholas Martin of Vacaville said, “I like how they have lots of big fish.” ]]>
Winters once boasted a prosperous Japanese community, which tragically burned on Aug. 1, 1942 when the United States was celebrating victory over Japan. While the cause of the fire has never been determined, Winters saw discrimination toward Japanese Americans following the war.