Fishing season is upon us again. The Slocan Volunteer Fire Department along with the Slocan and District Technical Rescue Society and the 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 11th anniversary of the annual fishing. It started out as a way for some of the local fire departments to get together for some good fun and interaction. It has grown over the years to what it is now, an important fund raiser to help not only the fire department, but also the first responders and the rescue society afford some of the equipment and training which is out of reach of their budgets.
Some of that equipment for the rescue society includes rope rescue gear for lowering and raising responders and patients in order to get them to emergency transportation. Money has also been spent on a set of vacuum splints for the first responders. There is also training and skills upgrades required for all of the members on ongoing basis.
Last year was, once again, a very successful derby. Over $3,000 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 which were all generously donated from local businesses.
As an added bonus, this year Endless Adventures will be in attendance offering paddleboard demonstrations and lessons. They will be on the beach from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Be sure to come and give it a try if you have been wondering what that is all about. There will also be more of a kids theme this year. There will be fun games and demonstrations for kids, as well as prizes geared towards them.
For all of the hungry fishers 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 will be a return of fresh Oso Negro coffee and muffins available for the early fishers this year.
The event is scheduled for May 28, so put it on your calendar and be sure to attend and show your local volunteers some support. Reserve your camping spot by contacting the Slocan village office.
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.