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Lake Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2871 hosted a fun day at the Agri-civic Center Feb. 29. The event was called Cops and Bobbers and was all about safety, learning and fun. Local off-duty law enforcement from Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), Okeechobee Sheriff's Office and Okeechobee City Police Department joined the kids for some fun and learning. FWC instructed the kids how to properly wear the life preservers they were given and discussed when they should be wearing the preserver. Then each child was gifted a rod and reel, small tackle box, and the basic tackle with which to fish. The officers each took three to four kids and showed them how to tie the hook, place the sinker and attach the bobber. There were prizes for the biggest fish, smallest fish and most fish caught. After the catch and release, the officers, kids, some of the parents, and Elks volunteers enjoyed some conversation and dined on hamburgers, hot dogs and sides provided by the Elks and prepared by David Drawdy.