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. However even those who don’t fish have a chance to win 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.
JCI member and Family Fishing Derby Organizer Mike Matejka with newborn baby Claire bundled up signalling that the ice levels are safe for this weekend’s derby.
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 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.
Tickets are still available in Cranbrook at Mountain Man Outdoors, the Canadian Cancer Society, Barber’s on Ninth, the Fort Steele Store and Gas Station or online at Snapd East Kootenay. Tickets can also be purchased at Horseshoe Lake; everyone needs a ticket to attend. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children/seniors.
The Family Fishing Derby is organized by JCI Kootenay (Junior Chamber International) as a fundraiser to support children facing cancer. Proceeds of the derby support the entire Kootenay community and JCI is very thankful to the generous businesses from across the region that makes this event possible. JCI Kootenay is still looking for volunteers to help the weekend of the derby. If you are available, please contact Mike Matejka at 250-919-5532 or at firstname.lastname@example.org