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Friday, March 18, 2011

Kincardine Fish Derby Saved

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Kincardine Chamber steps up to rescue the annual Kincardine Fish Derby

The annual Kincardine Fish Derby has been saved.

It was in danger of not happening this year but the Kincardine Chamber of Commerce stepped in to rescue the event.

Chamber President Bob Simpson addressed Kincardine Council this week -- not to ask for money because they have that under control, but to ask for a couple of favours.

Simpson says the derby will go for about 10-days starting on May 19th and although the prize board may not be as attractive in the past, he believes the fisherman aren't really in it for the prizes but for the sport.

Simpson came to council to ask for support when it comes to liability insurance; for the use of the weigh station; to waive the bylaw prohibiting camping at Reunion Park for the duration of the derby; and to have public works provide trash cans, do garbage pick up and washroom maintenance.

Council not only agreed to the conditions but offer the group 29 hundred dollars which was already in the budget for the event anyway.

Simpson says this is not a one year deal.

He says the Chamber will run the event in the years to come and it will build as more participants take part.

He says they are treating the event as a break-even project but should they make a few bucks, they will put some in reserve for future derbys and will donate some to the Lake Huron Hatchery.


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