5th Annual Kids Fishing Derby Casts-off this Weekend at White Point Beach Resort
Thursday May 23, 2019 – The shoreline of Five Rivers just outside of Liverpool at White Point Beach Resort will once again be lined with dozens of kids under 15 years of age – fishing! On Saturday May 25th the 5th Annual Kids Fishing Derby casts off for a morning filled with fun, laughter and fishing with 90 kids and their families.
Hosted annually by White Point Beach Resort on the last Saturday in May in partnership with members of the Nova Scotia Guides Association, organizers are preparing for the largest gathering of participants to date.
Darlene Norman, White Point’s Recreation Director says registration numbers for this year’s Derby has exceeded last year so much so that they closed registration a few weeks ago capping it at 90 children.
Norman says they are thrilled with the enthusiastic response to this event. “We started hosting the Derby 5 years ago honouring our roots as a fishing lodge, but it’s become so much more than that for us and the kids participating. It’s become a tradition for many, and more come each year. It’s such a pleasure to see families having so much fun outdoors, and fishing.”
Vinal Smith, a neighbour and long-time friend of White Point, leads the event on behalf fellow Nova Scotia Guides Association members. Several years ago as a licensed guide and fishing enthusiast, Smith began offering fishing experiences in partnership with the Resort. Being a member of many fishing and fish habitat organizations, Smith suggested a Derby may be fun to create and host for families, and the rest as they say is history.
With the 5th Annual Derby about to cast-off on Saturday morning at 9am, organizers are ready to welcome Derby participants. There are three age categories, 5 years and under, 6 – 12 and 13 – 15. After a morning of fishing they gather for a bonfire lunch and prizes.
Smith says the Nova Scotia Guides Association has been thrilled with the response to the Derby. “Our goal is to get kids outside fishing, spending time in nature and hopefully connecting to it so they’ll respect it.”
While fishing is typically done in silence, it gets a bit loud during the Derby say organizers. “The kids get really excited when they get a fish on their line – so do their parents, and even grandparents, who are at their sides cheering them on” says Smith.
The Derby, hosted the last Saturday in May annually, is a free event presented by White Point Beach Resort in partnership with the Nova Scotia Guides Association and supported by several local sponsors including MacPhersons Hunting & Fishing, Brady Home Building Centre, Liverpool Home Hardware and Furnishings and Winchesters.
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