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Finger Lakes National Forest announces 26th annual Youth Fishing Derby

The Finger Lakes National Forest has announced the date for its 26th Annual Youth Fishing Derby, inviting young fishing enthusiasts to participate in this cherished community event. Set for Saturday, May 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Potomac Pond in Hector, NY, the event promises a morning filled with fishing, prizes, and food. Aimed at youth ages 2-12, the derby requires preregistration, capped at the first 100 children to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees.


The deadline for registering for the Fishing Derby is May 1, with interested parties encouraged to contact the Hector Ranger District Office for more information or to secure a spot. The limitation on registrations helps organizers plan effectively, guaranteeing sufficient food and beverages for participants and their families during the event.

Acknowledging the support that has made the derby possible over the years, the Finger Lakes National Forest extends its gratitude to past donors, the local community, and volunteers. Those wishing to contribute to the success of this year’s event can reach out to Dylan Welch for more details on how to get involved. This annual event not only celebrates the joy of fishing but also fosters a sense of community and outdoor appreciation among the younger generation.