Sertoma Derby focuses on familiesPublished 10:51am Friday, February 1, 2013
The ice is good and the weather should cooperate for the Fergus Falls Sertoma Club’s 34th Annual Ice Fishing Derby, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on Pebble Lake.
The fishing derby is a popular, free family outing, capping three days of fun around town during the Frostbite Festival.
“It’s always been geared toward families,” said Mick Siems, a Sertoma Club member. “About four years ago, we thought maybe we should do something more for the kids so we started a free youth raffle.”
Kids 15 and under will receive a free raffle ticket when they come out on the ice, and there will be drawings during the tournament for prizes to be given out that day. This year, the Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club, the Dark House and Angling Association and the Sertoma Club all collected items for the kids raffle, so there will be more prizes.
Adults can purchase raffle tickets too. Raffle tickets are two dollars in advance, available from any Sertoma member, or tickets can be purchased on the ice the day of the derby for prizes valued up to $750. Winning tickets will be drawn at 2 and 3 p.m.
There is no entry fee for the derby.
“People fish for walleyes, northerns, panfish and bass, and we give out prizes for the top three,” said Siems. “Holes will be pre-drilled, we provide free bait — you just bring a rod or tip-up. We even have people with depth finders if you want to jig.”
This is the largest annual fundraiser for the Fergus Falls Sertoma Club, a group with a mission of service to mankind.
“I participate to give back to community and surrounding area we live in,” said Mike Beyer, Sertoma board member. “I’ll be out there Sunday doing whatever needs to be done — it’s a fun derby and a really good
The Sertoma Club donated over $22,000 in the past two years to 35 organizations, with a focus on projects that benefit those with speech and hearing issues.
“Whatever the mission might be, we gather and raise money to help the community,” said Siems. “Members can all rally behind planning the derby, then enjoy the fun part during the year when we give the money
Siems and Beyer both relayed some of the projects the club donated to, including sending deaf children to a special camp in Brainerd, and donating funds for the purchase of instructional devices the Speech and Laugnage Pathologists use to provide instruction at Cleveland Elementary School.
There is no pre-registration required for the fishing derby. Food concessions will be available for purchase at the event. Vehicles will be allowed on the ice, and there is also a free shuttle available from the beach parking lot.