DERRY — A sunny Saturday morning brought out young anglers hoping to hook a prize-winning fish.
Derry Village Rotary Club, the town of Derry and the Beaver Lake Improvement Association joined forces July 5 for the first-ever youth fishing derby at Beaver Lake.
The event attracted youngsters of all ages to fish off the shore, the docks, or from boats on the lake.
Awards and ribbons were given to those children taking top honors with the longest fish.
Eric Bodenrader, director of Derry Parks and Recreation, said local Rotarians wanted to offer a summer event and the fishing derby was a good choice. The Beaver Lake Improvement Association came on board to support the event.
It was a good summer collaboration, Bodenrader said.
Rotary club member Ric Buzzanga said hosting the derby was a great choice for a community event.
“Rotary clubs have a longstanding tradition of being involved with fishing derbys,” he said.
Buzzanga said the Beaver Lake Improvement Association had held fishing events in past years as part of an annual family day, but they had stopped several years ago.
Bringing a derby back to Beaver Lake proved successful, he said.
“We had a tremendous turnout,” he said.
Buzzanga said there were about 25 registered youth anglers and more parents and family members involved as well.