Family Fishing Derby returns for seventh year
Organized by JCI Kootenay and held at Horseshoe Lake from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the annual derby has become a Kootenay tradition bringing together communities and families from Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere, Jaffray, Kimberley and Trail.
Uniquely ‘Kootenay’, this event keeps the whole family entertained with ice fishing, tobogganing, hockey, and plenty of kids’ activities including tug-o-war, fishing for a prize, ice jug bowling and crafts. Hot food and beverage will be available by donation to keep everyone fueled for the day for fun.
More than just a fun event, the derby is a grassroots fundraiser supported by local businesses, media, and volunteers to help families of children battling cancer. Proceeds are distributed by the Canadian Cancer Society to support travelling to treatment, accommodation, wigs, cancer information and peer support. The derby also helps local children faced with cancer enjoy a much deserved vacation from treatment.
Dacota Freight sponsors a Disneyland vacation and Sunshine Houseboats sponsors a houseboat vacation on Lake Koocanusa. If your family or someone you know has a child facing cancer or has battled cancer in the past please contact Mike Matejka (250-919-5532) with the derby who can provide tickets, assist with travel and accommodations for the event, and enter the family into a draw for the Disneyland and Houseboat trips.
This is the second year the derby is being organized by JCI Kootenay. While they have a strong group of committee members and volunteers, the derby still needs more members of the community to help out the day of the event, so please contact them using the information below.
The Family Fishing Derby would like to thank its WHALE sponsors Genex Marketing, Tim Hortons, Dacota Freight, Sunshine Houseboats, Caliper Machine & Hydraulic, Williams Moving and Storage, Kootenay Knitting and Summit 107.
Cranbrook – Mountain Man, Cancer Society, Bumbletree and Fort Steele Gas Station;
Kimberley – Overwaitea Foods and Home Hardware in the Platzl;
Fernie – Ann’s Your Independent Grocer;
Jaffray – Pump & Pantry.
For more information about the Family Fishing Derby, contact Event Chair Chris Bosman at 250-919-3511 or [email protected]