Popular Pond Reopens For Charity

Loudon County (WVLT) -- The Cross-Eyed Cricket reopened today for a different kind of business.

The popular Loudon County fishing spot opened as a fundraiser Habitat for Humanity. For each pound of fish caught, participants paid $4 with $3 going toward Habitat for Humanity.

"They have to catch them and keep them and pay for them," said Shauna Oden with the Loudon County Habitat for Humanity, "that's how we are raising the money to build a house. The kids are having a great time and the parents and grandparents are remembering when they used to come here and fish, and they are having a great day."

The pond closed down a few years ago. The property's owner has operated a fish hatchery since the closing.

The event is set to wrap in less than an hour.

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