West Rock­hill to hook up for fish­ing derby this Satur­day

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - ON THE RECORD - By Bob Keeler

Hav­ing to wait an ex­tra half-year for West Rock­hill’s sec­ond an­nual fish­ing derby may mean more chil­dren and par­ents will be there to cast the line this Satur­day morn­ing.

The derby was orig­i­nally set for April 21, but was post­poned be­cause the wa­ter was too warm for the fish at the time.

Now it will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 27, in the pond at James Memo­rial Park on Ridge Road.

When West Rock­hill’s an­nual Septem­ber­fest was held Sept. 30 at the park, a lot of those at­tend­ing got in­for­ma­tion on the fish­ing derby, Bob Strobel, chair­man of the West Rock­hill Town­ship Park and Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee, said at the Oct. 17 town­ship meet­ing.

“We ex­pect a big turnout if the weather is good,” Strobel said.

Reg­is­tra­tion is the morn­ing of the event.

The pond will be stocked with four dif­fer­ent types of trout in the 13- to 14-inch range. There will also be three tagged prize fishes, with $50 go­ing to who­ever catches one of those.

An­other age group has been added to the big­gest catch of the day com­pe­ti­tion, with prizes given in each group: girls 4 and younger; boys 4 and younger; girls 5 through 8; boys 5 through 8; girls 9 through 12; and boys 9 through 12.

Each of the par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a free hot dog and drink. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the derby is free for the chil­dren. Do­na­tions are wel­come. All con­tes­tants must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

Septem­ber­fest also brought out a good sized crowd this year, with at­ten­dance es­ti­mated at 5,000, Ebby Schirmer, a mem­ber of the West Rock­hill Town­ship Park and Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee, said.

“We ran out of food at 3 [p.m.],” Schirmer said.

At least one of the good­ies was gone even be­fore that, Jay Keyser, a West Rock­hill Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors mem­ber, said.

“We ran out of root beer floats at 2:15 [p.m.],” he said.

“It was con­stant go, go, go, go,” in the food ser­vice area, Keyser said. “We were run­ning out of change.”

One of the at­trac­tions of the West Rock­hill event is that at­ten­dance is free and prices for the food items are rea­son­able, the town­ship of­fi­cials said.

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