The club once again served up a complimentary breakfast where many hundreds of Marie Janvrin’s famous pancakes were gobbled up along with gallons of orange juice, milk, cocoa, and coffee. Lee Quandt and Greg Serpis manned the griddle while the kids lined up out the door hungrily waiting to get at some of those famous pancakes. Davy Crockett (aptly portrayed by our own Tom Wharton) roamed the club grounds, armed with his muzzle loader, guarding the kids against bear attacks while stopping to pose for a photo from time to time with the kids.
Thanks to the generous donations and contributions from our donors, every child at the derby left with a prize. The local McDonald’s (The Napoli Group) once again donated gift certificates for a free ice cream sundae for every child. We thank SAU16 and the school offices for once again helping us to distribute entry forms to the kids. Our thanks to the many club members, friends, and families that volunteer to “make it happen for the kids". This very special event gets bigger and better every year. We couldn’t do this without your dedication and support.
We would like to offer a special thank you to our Co-Sponsor, the NH Department Fish & Game. We wish to say thank you to Foss Motors of Exeter as well for their generous donation and continued support of our derby. The kids were thrilled that they once again provided a display vehicle from Dover Marine that they could have their picture taken in. Without these generous donations the derby could not be what it is for the participants. Donation that are designated for the derby are always used solely for the derby. Derby donations are accepted year round. We accept both monetary donations as well as items to be used in the prize raffle drawing. All in all, we had a great event and received compliments from parents, grandparents and many kids.
This year's fishing derby was featured in an article in SeacoastOnline. You can read more about it here.
The 2016 Annual Youth Fishing Derby once again was a huge success with 160 kids fishing. This year the weather was ideal with clear skies, bright sun, and warm temps. Our neighbor, Osram-Sylvania, once again provided us with much needed parking for the derby.
The NH Department of F&G once again donated 200 trout to our 250 trout purchased and included a number of large trophy size quality trout. Members stocked the fish up and down the shoreline to ensure an equal chance for all kids fishing in the derby. All NH State fishing laws were followed by the kids and parents.
Almost 200 fish were caught, measured, and recorded by our judges. Species caught included Brook and Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Sunfish, Horned Pout, and Suckers. All fish caught, small or large, produced the same excitement and enthusiasm from the kids.