The third annual Miracle Lake Fish and Fun Day, hosted by the Norquay Curling Club, the Norquay Skating Rink and Prairie and Pine Snow Riders, was held March 23.
Once again the generous donations by so many people and the help “from all our volunteers” made this day the “greatest one yet,” according to organizers.
A total of 158 holes were purchased for the fish derby. This year’s grand prize winner of $1,000, for the largest northern pike caught, weighing in at exactly five pounds, was Amanda Yaremko. The grand prize of $1,000 for the largest perch was not applicable as there were no perch caught throughout the derby.
The following received prizes for northern pike caught: Allan Wonitowy, Lorne Woytkiw, Leanne Romaniuk, Tom Grywacheski, Lance Yaremchuk, Brayden Ostafie, Ariel Vedrgas, Noah Lemire, Nels Nelson, Grayson Reine and Hunter Nelson
“Nathan Hudye did an excellent job organizing a crew to feed everyone throughout the day,” said Rubieann Kluke, an organizer. “Hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and shishliki were the menu selections and crowd pleasers.”
Five kids teams participated in pond hockey.
“The weather was definitely in our favour this year,” said Kluke. “The sun shone all day long. The afternoon was a little breezy but nothing an extra layer of clothing couldn’t cure.
“New to the derby this year was the rig matting that was placed underneath the tent,” she said. “This allowed everyone an opportunity to get their feet off the ice while they enjoyed food and beverages.
“Also new this year was the band Shameless. Wow, did they do a fantastic job of entertaining everyone all evening long. It was great to see so many singing along to their music and dancing. We also tried to run Sno-Pitch but unfortunately there was not enough interest in it.
“The success of this event is attributed to our organizers and supporters,” concluded Kluke. “This day is not possible without any of them.”