NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department is looking for sponsors for the annual Fishing Derby, which will be held at Stanley Quarter Park on Saturday, April 13.
“This special event is always well received by the community and the Connecticut media, which brings positive publicity and community recognition for not only the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department, but its presenting sponsors as well. Last year’s event drew a large number of participants, along with their families. 2019 promises to be just as successful,” said Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Erik Barbieri.
Sponsors who donate up to $100 are recognized on all newspaper advertisements, press releases, derby signs, and public announcements throughout the day of the derby in addition to prior press releases and flyers. Sponsors are also invited to join them with a promotional table at the derby if they choose, with notice to the department that they are planning to attend.
The department will be stocking the pond at Stanley Quarter Park with over 200 trout the day before the derby.
There will be some changes this year.
“We will be giving out little cards at the beginning of the derby to allow participants to keep track of their own statistics. This way, they will always know where they stand in the competition,” said Parks and Recreation Services Coordinator Eric Dowling.
Prior to this year, participants had no way of keeping track of their own scores.
“I think it will make them a little more engaged and have even more fun at the derby,” said Dowling.
Participants will compete for the title of heaviest fish, longest fish, and most fish caught.
They will name winners in each of the following age groups: five and younger, five to eight, nine to 12, 13 to 15, and adults 16 and up, according to Dowling.
Prizes are dependent on what gets donated. Past year’s prizes have included fishing rods, fishing lures, and tackle boxes.
“It’s fun to see all the families come out and enjoy the day. I love seeing the parents interacting with their kids and the smiles on the kids faces when they receive awards,” said Dowling.