Annual derby gives kids a chance to get out on the ice
Twelve years ago, Pat Mahoney and the Eagle River Lions sponsored a free fishing derby for kids in the local area. It started out at Mirror Lake and then moved to Beach Lake. Due to municipality restrictions, the derby has finally found a home at Finger Lake in Palmer. This event gives kids and parents a break from the “winter blah's.” It gives them a chance to spend time with their folks, plus gets everyone outside into the great outdoors.
It teaches kids how to ice fish and to be safe on the ice. It gives parents and volunteers a chance to help kids develop a new skill and a special attitude of friendship which they can use in their future lives.
In some cases, it teaches everyone how to work together and remember how much fun it was to be a kid.
The derby will be held this coming Saturday, March 17, from noon to 3 p.m. All the holes will be dug by volunteers. The fishing equipment, bait and prizes will be provided by Boondock’s Sporting Goods in Eagle River.
This event is held at the Finger Lake Public Access off Barry's Resort Road. The Palmer Elks, off Bogard Road, will be providing overflow parking.
There are three age groups (ages 1 to 4, 5 to 9 and 10 to 12), and prizes are awarded for the biggest fish. Also, some lucky fisherman will win a grand prize. It is a day of fishing, hot chocolate, hot dogs, hamburgers and fun, fun, fun! Please everyone come out and support our kids and community. It will be a wonderful experience.
For more information on the derby, call Pat Mahoney at 301-0324 or email [email protected].