By Dauna Ditson
Special to the Pioneer
The 18th Annual Kinsmen Fishing Derby at Lake Windermere is coming up on Saturday, January 27th, and everyone is welcome to participate. According to event chair, Steve Kuffler, even toddlers have taken part with their families in previous years.
“It’s a great family event for all ages,” Mr. Kuffler said.
Prizes will be awarded for the longest suckers or pike minnows caught. The cash awards for first, second and third prize depend on the number of tickets sold, but Mr. Kuffler said that over the years the payouts average around $500 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third.
Tickets are $35 per person and are available at the Station Neighbourhood Pub. Mr. Kuffler said proceeds from the event will be returned to the community through Kinsmen initiatives.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. the morning of the event at the Station Neighbourhood Pub. Then participants will bundle up and head over to Lake Windermere, where the derby will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants don’t need to worry about bringing a lunch since burgers and refreshments will be delivered to them on the ice.
Following the derby, participants will head back to the Station Neigbourhood Pub to warm up and to cheer for the 2018 derby winners during the award presentations. Additional prizes donated by local businesses will also be presented.
Mr. Kuffler said he is looking forward to the competition and is full of appreciation for the community support for the annual event.
Reflecting on past derbies and what he anticipates will happen again this year, Mr. Kuffler said: “Kinsmen Bay is alive with fishermen. There’s laughing and shouting and cheering every time a fish comes up.”