The 24th Annual Hapgood Pond Fishing Derby

Smiles, laughter, excitement, full bellies… and fishing! That’s how the 24th Annual Forest Service/Trout Unlimited of Southwestern Vermont Youth Fishing Derby ended at Hapgood Pond in Peru. The weather was very nice and there was lots of excitement in the air! A total of 86 ambitious kids up to 12 years old registered to fish and there were other “big kids” watching and helping… and everyone had FUN, which was what the day was all about! Unfortunately, no one told the fish about the derby! Only 16 fish were caught but that didn’t stop the kids from enjoying the morning.

Everyone was a winner! Each child received a grab bag and a small prize. A beautiful Orvis Encounter rod and reel outfit was awarded to the grand prize winner who caught the biggest fish of the day. In addition, rod and reel outfits were awarded to the kids in each of three age classes who caught the biggest fish and the most fish. It was truly special to see the kids and their parents when their names were announced. Top it off with a visit from Smokey Bear and then hot dogs, chips, juice, and Ben and Jerry’s!
















A big THANK YOU to our sponsors!

  • The Orvis Company
  • US Forest Service
  • Ben & Jerry’s of Manchester
  • Manchester Lion’s Club
  • American Museum of Fly Fishing
  • The Gourmet Deli
  • Fuller’s Restoration
  • Vermont Country Store
  • Gary Ameden, Attorney-at-Law
  • A Safe Place Storage
  • RK Miles

We couldn’t have done it without you!

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