Thousands attend 'Vamos a Pescar' event - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Thousands attend 'Vamos a Pescar' event

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  Vamos a pescar means let's go fishing, and that is exactly what thousands of people did on the South Plains on Saturday. 

People came out to the Buddy Holly Park to celebrate the sixth annual "Vamos a Pescar" event that organizers said they use as a hook to bring families together.    

It took a lot of planning and a lot of generous people to not only create this event, but to keep it going. Loaner fishing poles were available for participants as well as food, arts and crafts, and, thanks to several generous donors, the event was completely free to every single participant.

Volunteers also worked to stock the lake with 800 pounds of catfish.

"We want to see families thriving and having fun and just enjoying and building memories and this is the way to make it happen," Vamos a Pescar chair Christy Martinez-Garcia said. 

She said this event holds a very special place in her heart.

"We started it because we wanted to fill a last request by my father-in-law, the late Gonzalo Garcia. He was a farmer and he worked often because it's a demanding job and he had to have a bypass surgery, a heart bypass surgery. And while he was recovering in the recovery room that is, he said he wanted to go fishing. And so we said we would take him as soon as he got well. The next morning he passed away, so this is a way to honor his legacy and most importantly to make sure dads and moms have that time with their children," Martinez-Garcia said. 

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