By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
About 200 kids are expected to come to Danville to fish in the annual derby.
Kids 12 and younger from all over converge for the event, according to Jack Lee, president of the Montour County Sportsmen Working for Kids.
This is the 36th year for the free event to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday along Mahoning Creek at the Danville Middle School.
The sportsmen have been stocking the creek with trout raised in their hatchery.
“We probably will have 1,000 fish in that stretch,” Lee said. They will be of various sizes of brown, brook, rainbow and golden trout.
Prizes will be handed out throughout the day. Prizes will include T-shirts until they run out.
The sportsmen will have buttons and hats for sale. They will also man a food stand.
Coffee, doughnuts, hot dogs, burgers, fries, soda and water will be available.
All proceeds will go to the hatchery and the derby — both of which are run by volunteers.
Lee expects about 10 volunteers to assist.
He is the third generation of the Lee family running the derby, starting with his grandfather, the late Robert E. Lee, and then with his dad, Butch Lee, retired Danville police chief.
Donations are used year-round to maintain the hatchery. Contributions go for food, to buy medicine to ward off diseases, to repair, maintain and replace equipment and upgrade water control.
Volunteers care for the fish at least twice a day regardless of weather.
It costs $2 to $3 per fish per year to raise a trout from a 2-inch fingerling to legal or greater size.
Donations can be mailed to Danville Fish Derby at P.O. Box 297, Danville.
Other sportsmen officers include Gary Laubach, vice president; Jim Bookmiller, hatchery manager; Rick Stetler, assistant hatchery manager; and Lori Laubach, secretary.