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Hundreds show up for 150 Mile Elementary’s Family Day fishing derby

The annual derby, hosted by PAC, raised over $10,000 for the school

The Cariboo once again proved its strong sense of community with around 500 people gathering for the 150 Mile Elementary Family Ice Fishing Derby on Feb. 19 at Dugan Lake.

This is the third year for the community event, which takes place on Family Day, bringing people together and raising money for the school, said Michelle Iverson, a member of the school’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC).

The event, hosted by the PAC, raised over $10,000, which they are hoping to use toward purchasing new playground equipment.

“It was a massive success both for raising funds and for bringing the community together on Family Day. We’re in awe of all of the donations, sponsorship and support this event received, even from companies outside of the Cariboo,” said Iverson.

The 150 Mile Fire Department showed their support as well, barbecuing hot dogs while conservation officers visited with attendees and handed swag bags out to the kids. Iverson said people across the Cariboo attended, from the Lower Mainland and Prince George.

Around 400 people fished in the derby, with winners beaming in excitement. The list of winners is as follows:

Junior angler winners:

First: Zoey Manuel (one pound, three ounces)

Second: Zoey Manuel (one pound, two ounces)

Third: Zoey Manuel (nine ounces)

First fish caught: Dalice Fraser (five ounces)

Adult angler winners:

First: Rod Mohr (two pounds, 11 ounces)

Second: Johnny Loughran (two pounds, four ounces)

Third: Keith Saitz (two pounds, two ounces)

First fish caught: Kyle Williams (nine ounces)

For Iverson, she said the best part of the event was “being with friends and family on a beautiful Family Day.” She thanked the many sponsors for the event.

Kim Kimberlin, Local Journalism Initiative

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