By Amy Woolvett
THE COAST GUARD
There’s talk that this year’s Lockeport Sea Derby will be bigger and better than ever, said Alyssa Williams, summer coordinator for the derby.
It only makes sense as the longest running sea derby hits its 20th year this Aug 12, 13 and 14.
“W are expecting quite a lot of people,” said Williams. “There is a lot of talk about how big this will be.”
She said that in preparation, they have doubled the amount of registration papers and gone all out for this year’s prizes.
A 50’’ television is up for grabs along with the cash prizes of $1000 and $200, a barbeque and new bicycle to be drawn for the youth competition.
There are trophies for the largest fish in each category and each participant can register one fish per category per day, resulting in two chances to win in each category.
At the closing ceremonies, names will be drawn from a spinning drum for package prizes in the mackerel and ground fish categories in the age 15 and under categories.
The entry fee is $15 for youth15 and under and $30 for people 16 and over.
Adults are required to purchase an additional shark fishing license from the DFO. It is recommended this be purchased in advance.
A few years ago the derby changed its rules to allow for boats to stay out as long as they needed from Friday to Sunday.
“They want to go out farther so that they can catch the big one,” explained Williams.
As a part of the festivities, lead singer for the Northern Pikes, Jay Semko will be on stage at Seacaps Park Pavillion on Friday, August 12 starting at 8. Admission is $10.
“The Northern Pikes was a big hit last year,” said Williams. “We wanted to bring him back.”
On Saturday there will be a town wide yard sale at the Crescent Beach Centre with proceeds going to the Little School House.
As with previous years there will be the Children’s Wharf Wall Chalk contest where kids can depict their favourite sea derby moment.
Saturday night will bring the Southern/Country Rock Concert to entertain the crowds.
The weigh-in on Sunday at the wharf is not a sight to be missed as the catch of the weekend comes in and kids can get a chance for a prize when they kiss a cod.
Williams said that it’s going to be a great weekend that will hopefully draw in boats from all over.
“The derby is making quite a name for itself,” she said. “Being the longest running derby, we hope this will be the biggest yet.”
Friday, Aug. 12
8 p.m. – Jay Semko from Northern Pikes in Seacaps Park Pavillion. Admission: $10, 19 years & over. Gates open at 6 pm
Saturday Aug. 13
10 a.m. – Town Wide & Yard Sale at Lockeport Crescent Beach Centre, Little School House Fundraiser
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Sable River Country Market at Decker’s Esso; baked goods, yard sale, crafts, and more.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Children’s Wharf Wall Chalk Contest at South Wharf sponsored by Becky’s Place of Hair Design. (Ages 15 and under.
4 to 6 p.m. – Chowder Supper at Lockeport Fire Hall, Proceeds for The Arthritis Society Joints in Motion $8
6 pm to 10 pm – BBQ at Seacaps Memorial Park, Proceeds to The Arthritis Society Joints in Motion
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm – Southern/Country Rock Concert in Seacaps Park ( 19 years and older)
Sunday Aug. 14
8:00 am to 11 am – Breakfast at Lockeport Legion Hall
10 am to 1 pm – Yard Sale at Old Anglican Church Hall in West Green Harbour; Flea Market, Bake Table, Tools, etc. Fundraiser for the Children of Bella Vista in Guatemala.
1 pm to 4 pm – Knit in at The Lockeport Crescent Beach Centre
5 pm – BBQ at Seacaps Memorial Park, Proceeds to The Arthritis Society Joints in Motion