Almost-Annual Crappie Derby scheduled for January 25

By WBNG News

Almost-Annual Crappie Derby scheduled for January 25

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The 2014 running of the Almost-Annual New York State Crappie Derby is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014.

According to a news release:

The Derby is a family-oriented event that allows everyone to get outdoors after a couple of months of being cooped up inside. Although it is primarily an Ice Fishing event, other attractions will also be provided for spectators. There are usually far more spectators than registered contestants. Prize categories exist for those not successful (or even trying) catching fish.

The entry fee is $2.00 for those over 12 years - FREE 12 and under. It is sponsored by the Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association and the Broome County Department of Parks and Recreation. Free parking is available at Dorchester Park in Whitney Point as well as Kiebel Road extension on the west side of Whitney Point Lake.

Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded throughout the day with a significant amount set aside for the kids. We’ll find a reason to give them a prize. Each year that we’re lucky enough to develop safe ice, thousands of people attend. The last year we staged the event, in January of 2011, about 2000 registered to fish and compete for prizes and, including spectators, 5,500 people were in attendance. The purse that year was approximately $13,500.

There is something for everyone: an excellent fishing lake, prizes for fish along with Door Prizes, a midway with a number of exhibits, refreshments and port-a-johns on the ice. Some of the organizations participating with us will be the Ross Park Zoo (with some live animals or birds), Finch Hollow Nature Center, the National Weather Service (with a real-time digital weather station), the BC EMT team and we’re currently working bringing back the BC Underwater Dive Team. The local Whitney Point Rotary Club plans to provide Ice Skating at the event. There will be free loaner skates if you don’t have your own.

Prizes are donated by area merchants and organizations, as well as some national vendors and groups from outside New York State.