Rochester Elks Lodge #1393 holds annual Kids Fishing Derby

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Participants pose for a group picture at the conclusion of the Elks Fishing Derby. (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - Earlier this month the Rochester Elks held their annual fishing derby.

The event was held at the Farmington Fish and Game Club in New Durham on May 13 as 26 young fishing enthusiasts descended for the Kids Fishing Derby.

The Derby is an annual event for the children and grandchildren of Rochester Elks #1393 members. Chairperson for the event this year was Deanna Souza, Esteemed Leading Knight.

Along with the 26 children were 21 helpers. In addition 18 Elks and 2 helpers volunteered to run the derby. Fishing went from 8-10 a.m after which a break was taken for lunch served by Elks volunteers. Fishing then resumed until 11 a.m.

Trophies were awarded to the following anglers:

Age Group 5-6: First Fish and Biggest Fish - Julian Cook.
Age Group 7-8: First Fish and Biggest Fish - Lily Allard.
Age Group 9-10: First Fish - Brynn Trepanier. Biggest Fish-Matilda Hudson.

Door prizes (tackle boxes, nets, etc) were also awarded to contestants.

The Elks are dedicated to various programs and endeavors, including youth activities. The Rochester Elks Fishing Derby has been conducted for decades by Lodge volunteers. To learn more about the Elks, please visit

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