Fishing season is upon us again. The Slocan Volunteer Fire Department along with the Slocan and District Technical Rescue Society and Slocan First Responders are ramping up for another fishing derby to get everyone out for an enjoyable Saturday on Slocan Lake.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the fishing derby originally put on by the fire department alone. It started out as a way for some of the local fire departments to get together for some good fun interaction. It has grown over the years to what it is now, an important fundraiser to help not only the fire department, but also the first responders and rescue society afford some of the equipment and training which is out of reach of their budgets.
Last year was by far the most successful of the derbies put on by the group. Close to $2,000 was raised to be shared amongst the three groups. This was after cash prizes for the first, second and third-largest fish. There were raffles, abundant draw prizes and also items up for silent auction, all generously donated by local businesses. There was even a late donation of a day of guided fishing which was put up for live auction. That was a raucous and entertaining event to say the least.
For all the hungry fishermen and spectators alike, the group has always put on an amazing barbecue where delicious sausages and burgers are available, not to mention the licensed beer garden. There is even a rumour of having fresh coffee and muffins available for the early fishermen this year.
This year’s derby is scheduled for May 30, so put it on your calendar and be sure to attend and show your local volunteers some support. Remember: every entry ticket puts you in the running for draw prizes. You don’t have to go fishing — just show up and have some fun!