Star­land to host 22nd an­nual fish­ing Derby

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail filephoto

A fish­ing tra­di­tion at the Michichi Reser­voir con­tin­ues this sum­mer with the 22nd an­nual Ryan Savary Me­mo­rial Derby.

The event has en­joyed great com­mu­nity sup­port, with an­glers from the area par­tic­i­pat­ing. Ini­tially it was or­ga­nized by Greg St. Laurent, who was best friends with Savary. He car­ried on or­ga­niz­ing it for a num­ber of years un­til Savary’s fam­ily took over. At the 20th an­niver­sary, the fam­ily stepped back.

Area fish­ers loved the event and re­vived the next year with the help of Star­land County. This year Star­land has stepped in as host.

“We sort of un­of­fi­cially took it over last year,” said Star­land CAO Ross Rawlusyk. “This year we are do­ing it as a full fledged mu­nic­i­pal fish­ing derby. We have taken over the or­ga­niz­ing and the prizes, and run it as a county func­tion. We de­cided to keep the name.”

The derby is slated for Sat- The Ryan Savary Me­mo­rial Fish­ing Derby is set to go Satur­day, Au­gust 20 at Michichi Reser­voir. Last year Deb­bie Mackie, right, won for the largest fish caught and was pre­sented by Frank Bar­ron. ur­day, Au­gust 20. The event runs from 7 a.m., un­til 4 p.m. with reg­is­tra­tion cut­ting off at 11 a.m. There are adult, youth and chil­dren’s events with cash prizes for the adult events as well as draw prizes. There are also prizes in the youth and kids cat­e­gories. There will be free hot dogs for all com­peti­tors.

The derby will con­tinue to host its spe­cial event with a prize of a rod and reel. This is open to both youth and adults, and it is awarded to the catch clos­est to 1 lb, 2.0 oz, the largest catch made by Ryan Savary at Michichi Reser­voir.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Star­land County at 402-772-3793.

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