Family Fishing Derby grand prize announced
By Jenny Byford
On Monday, February 9, bait your hook and cast your line and you might reel in something much bigger than just a rainbow trout.
On BC Family Day, the Family Fishing Derby for Kids with Cancer will return for its sixth year on Horseshoe Lake, but this year with a new grand prize.
Traditionally, one of the main attractants of the ice-fishing derby has been the prize awarded for the largest fish and many outdoor enthusiasts have eagerly awaited this year’s announcement.
The new Derby organizers, JCI Kootenay, is pleased to announce that this year’s grand prize is an Outcast Fish Cat 13, a two person pontoon boat. With the support of Just Liquid Sports, organizers were able to secure a great deal on the boat ensuring that it is fully equipped with seats, oars and cargo bags for the lucky derby winner. This pontoon boat model is valued at $3,000 and is perfect to navigate rough rivers and all types of lakes.
For the children’s category, the first prize is equally exciting as the winner will receive a flat screen television and gaming system generously sponsored by Caliper Machine and Hydraulics.
Even those who don’t fish have a chance to win prizes as each ticket is eligible for door prizes and entry into the best dressed toboggan and best dressed dog contests.
There is also a 50/50 draw and silent auction as well as plenty of activities including hockey with the Kimberley Dynamiters, archery and kids’ crafts and games.
In 2012 the Derby had to be cancelled due to thin ice brought on by unseasonably warm weather, but thankfully, this year Mother Nature has been kind. Organizers confirmed Horseshoe Lake has a solid base layer of quality ice, which is plenty enough to withstand the ice fishing derby festivities.
The Family Fishing Derby is proceeding this Family Day Monday (Feb. 9) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Horseshoe Lake, located off the Wardner-Fort Steele Road.
Tickets are still available in Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fort Steele, Invermere and Fernie.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors and also be purchased at Horseshoe Lake the day of the derby or online HERE.
Cranbrook: Mountain Man Outdoors, Canadian Cancer Society, Barber’s On Ninth
Kimberley: SunLife Financial, Overwaitea Foods and Home Hardware
Fort Steele – Store & Gas Station
Fernie – Extra Foods
Invermere– Local View Printing & Design
The Family Fishing Derby is organized by JCI Kootenay (Junior Chamber International) as a fundraiser to support children facing cancer. Proceeds from the derby support the entire Kootenay community and JCI Kootenay is very thankful to the generous businesses from across the region who make this event possible.
JCI Kootenay is still looking for volunteers to help the weekend of the derby. If you are able, please contact Mike Matejka at 250-919-5532 or at [email protected]