UXBRIDGE: This weekend will be a sure sign of spring, with the return of Huck Finn Fishing Day, the largest free family fishing event is the province, to the shores of Uxbridge's Elgin Pond.
Thousands of participants will take part in the 14th edition of the event on Saturay, April 23.
The festivities begin at 9 a.m. with the Huck Finn parade, running from Elgin Park, down Water St. to the pond, where young anglers, age 15 an under, will cast their lines, hoping to catch one of the 100's of Brook trout released into the Pond earlier this week.
All attendees are encouraged to dress up in your best Huck Finn outfits, and decorate their bikes and wagons to take part in the parade. Additionally, all parade participants earn access to a V.I.P. fishing area during the event, with lots of special prizes for those participating in the tribute to Huck Finn.
Fishing will get underway at 10 a.m., and once again organizer Pat Higgins of Canadian Tire Uxbridge is expecting a tremendous turnout for the event, which he has seen grow from humble beginnings in 2002, to Ontario's largest free family fishing event.
“We're at the point now that kids that came when we first started are bringing kids of their own, and that's just great to see and be a part of," Mr. Higgins told The Standard. "The day has grown into an event that a lot of people have circled on the calendar and really look forward to."
All participants have a chance to win a prize and are guaranteed a fun filled day of fishing. Bring your equipment, or if you wish, the Pickering Rod and Gun Club will be pleased to loan gear to anyone 15 and under, and organizers will provide the bait to all registered participants.
Registration ribbons are available in advance at several locations around Uxbridge including: Canadian Tire Uxpool, Uxbridge Legion, Presents, Presents, Presents and Blue Heron Books. You can also get your ribbon at the Pond on the day of the event.
Since its inceptions Huck Finn Day has been proudly sponsored by Canadian Tire Uxbridge, and is also supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Uxbridge B.I.A., Uxbridge Township,, the Optimist Club, Durham Regional Police, the Pickering Rod and Gun Club and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Zone 'G' and the Royal Canadian Legion.