Volunteers still needed for Kids’ Fishing Derby
June 1, 2016
All systems are go for the 27th annual Kids' Fishing Derby Saturday and Sunday at Lampe Park.
The derby is being held free for girls and boys ages 3-12, who have opportunities to fish in four time slots on Saturday and three on Sunday.
Last year's event attracted more than 1,400 youngsters for two fun-filled days.
Registration is required for each of the designated sessions since space is limited along the banks of Willow Creek. Some sessions have filled up already, however, registration will be taken up to the final day of the derby.
Volunteers are still needed for the derby. The final organization meeting for volunteers will be held today at 6 p.m. at the Lampe Park Pavilion.
About 100 volunteers have already signed up, however, at least 250 are needed for multiple days. Volunteers handle such details as set-up and tear-down at the Lampe Park venue, registration, helping youngsters on the stream, fish cleaning, retail sales, food and more.
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"They get a hat, they get lunch and they have a lot of fun helping the kids," said Steve Hamilton, derby spokesman.
Help is still needed for youngsters on the stream, food prep and serving and with the bounce house. Oh, and by the way, help is always welcome for those willing to clean fish.
"Fish cleaning is fun," Ellis said with a hearty laugh. "People love it. One year we had all the Carson Valley queens and princesses with us and they were behind the table cleaning fish. They had their tiaras on and everything. We put an apron on them … it was no problem."
Work to put the fencing in place along Willow Creek begins today. On Thursday and Friday, Willow Creek is scheduled to be stocked with between 4,000 fish (300 tags) from the Nevada Department of Wildlife's Mason Valley Fish Hatchery. The fish plant will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Four grand prize raffle items will be given away, including two kids quads, a Louisiana Wood Pellet Grill and a $300 gift certificate from Sportsman's Warehouse.
"The best part is the looks on the kids' faces when they catch their first fish," Bob Ellis, participant at each of the 26 previous events, said in a 2015 interview. "It's probably the same look I had on my face when I caught my first fish. I was probably 8 years old, and it was like, wow!"