NEW BRITAIN â€“ The cityâ€™s annual Youth and Adult Fishing Derby is back this Saturday at Stanley Quarter Park and those interested in participating are encouraged to pre-register.
â€śItâ€™s really exciting to be able to bring this special event back. We had to cancel last year because of the pandemic. But with all the new guidelines out, we were able to figure something out and bring back the event safely,â€ť said Eric Dowling, the cityâ€™s recreation services coordinator.
The event will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain. Pre-registration is required and participants have until Friday at 3:45 p.m. to pre-register, which can be made online at nbparksnrec.org or call 860-826-3360. Registration forms are available in the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Office in room 302, City Hall, located at 27 W. Main St.
Participants ages 15 and under can register for free and adults ages 16 and older have an $8 registration fee. There will be no on-site registration available this year due to the pandemic.
At the pond, there will be spaces marked 10-feet apart for social distancing. Families within the same space are allowed to take off their masks. But when they leave the space, masks are required to be on at all times. The spaces will also be at a first come, first served basis.
There will be two prizes available this year. Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest fish and longest fish in each specific age groups: Under 5 years, 5 to 8 years, 9 to 12 years, 13 to 15 years, and adults 16 and over.
Because the event has been around for decades, Dowling said it is even more exciting to see it come back this year.
â€śThings seem to be safer now so weâ€™re really excited to see people back at the pond,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™re also supposed to get really nice weather so we hope to see people out this Saturday.â€ť