For Mary McDonald and Joe Steiniger – organizers of this year’s annual Fishing Derby For Kids, there’s one memory they take with them year after year.
It’s not recalling the biggest catch, or the ones that got away. It’s the sheer delight of the kids who enter and their smiles.
"Bring your camera. There is no bigger smile than the one on a six year old with her first fish,” derby co-director Mary McDonald told Schroon Laker.
The event has become hugely popular over the years.
"I get calls from people wanting to know the date of event a year in advance so they can be up here for it.” Joe said.
So mark your calendars now for this Saturday July 27. As always, this year's event is co-sponsored by the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club and the Chamber of Commerce.
And it's easy to see why this event is so popular. Every kid is guaranteed a fun day out, thanks to Joe and his co-chair, Mary McDonald. There's free hotdogs, drinks, chips and a coupon for a free ice-cream cone, courtesy of Stewart's.
"All the kids who enter get a tackle box, free worms and a handmade lure or spinner. They are made by the former DEC Ranger for this area, Fran Murdock, who is retired now and lives in Florida," Joe said.
Where and When: Town Dock. 9 am. The event goes rain or shine. There are prizes awarded in multiple categories. Open to kids 12 and under. For more information call Joe at 518-532-9768.