Like clockwork, the first weekend of June brings with it a certain cycle at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
Crews show up three days in advance, start setting up temporary fencing and shade shelters and putting the finishing touches around Willow Creek.
By Saturday morning, every year, the largest free fishing derby this side of the Mississippi River materializes.
“It’s flawless,” said Teresa Clark, now in her 11th year volunteering with the derby. “It just doesn’t get any better.
“Everyone knows what to do, we have a solid routine. We’ve had plenty of years of trial and error. It’s become very …