2018-06-09 / Outdoors

Youth Fishing Derby tradition lives on


Peggy Jova­novski raises the American flag during the opening cer­emony at the 64th annual Drum and Henry Youth Fishing Derby. She is daughter of the late Norm Drum, who along with Ed Henry initi­ated the derby in 1954. She was also present at the original derby, which was held at the Drum and Hen­rys camp on Whitmore Hill, prior to being moved to the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club. At right, Naphtali Lawson proudly showcas­es a trout she caught at the derby. Organizers are seeking volunteers to keep the 64-year-old tradition alive. Peggy Jova­novski raises the American flag during the opening cer­emony at the 64th annual Drum and Henry Youth Fishing Derby. She is daughter of the late Norm Drum, who along with Ed Henry initi­ated the derby in 1954. She was also present at the original derby, which was held at the Drum and Hen­rys camp on Whitmore Hill, prior to being moved to the Bucktail Rod and Gun Club. At right, Naphtali Lawson proudly showcas­es a trout she caught at the derby. Organizers are seeking volunteers to keep the 64-year-old tradition alive. A Cameron County tradition, the Drum & Henry Youth Fishing Derby, went off without a hitch Sunday, despite occasional drizzle and cooler temperatures.

This is the 64th year children have been welcomed to Bucktail Lake to enjoy trout fishing and snacks in the outdoors.

Don Bickford, leader of Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities, said the organiza­tion is looking for volunteers to stop up and keep the tradition alive in future years. Any­one interested in helping should call him at 814-598-0381.

Bickford expressed appreciation to Bucktail Rod and Gun Club for the use of the grounds, Emporium Foundation for financial support, Emporium Shurfine for food donations, and the Cameron County Ambulance Service and Emporium Fire Police for their assistance.

Bucktail Lake will be open for fishing to those up to age 14 through June 18. Derby rules apply.

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