Crappie Derby postponed: "Mother nature disappointed us"

By Kelly McCarthy

January 17, 2014 Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM EDT

Whitney Point, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The organizer of the NY State Crappie Derby say mother nature let them down once again. They will be postponing the derby until Feb. 8 in hopes the ice will be a few inches thicker by then.

State rules require the ice to be nearly 12 inches thick to host the derby.

The past two years have been canceled due to warm winter weather. The organizer, David Hughes, said crowds could reach around 2,500 people out on the ice, making it extremely important for a thick layer of ice to be under a foot.

"Well, I really think we'll be able to pull it off on the 8th," Hughes said. "We have a real deep dive in the temperature over the next couple of weeks and we're up to eight inches now."

Some of the other entertainment expected to be at the derby is a concessions stand, the Ross park zoo-mobile, and the Whitney Point Rotary will have a skating rink with free skate rentals.

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