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GRLC First Annual Youth Fishing Derby

Updated: Feb 4

Blog post written by Karlee Holmes, GRLC Board Member

The sun was shining and the weather couldn't have been any better for the GRLC first annual youth fishing derby held at Glade Run Lake on April 10, 2021.

Kids 12 and under were invited from near and far to participate in the "virtual" fishing derby. Given the circumstances of the pandemic, the derby was conducted with cell phones using an app called FishDonkey. The app allowed for participants to register, read rules and regulations, and enter their fish, all by taking photos using their phone! One photo was taken of the child with the fish along the measuring board to verify length. The app's algorithm took care of the rest, allowing for a virtual leaderboard to be live during the derby running from dawn to dusk.

A total of 33 participants from Armstrong, Allegheny, Butler, Mercer, Westmoreland, and Washington counties joined in on the fishing fun. Thanks to securing a sponsorship from Armstrong Cable, the GRLC was able to provide four prizes in each age category, making eight total prizes available.