DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The largest free family fishing day in Ontario, Huck Finn Youth Fishing Day, is set to return to Elgin Pond this weekend.
The 15th annual event will be held on Saturday, April 22nd. People will have a chance to catch one of the hundreds of brook trout that will call the pond home. A parade will kick off the community event, leaving Elgin Park at 9:15 a.m. Children are encouraged to dress up in their best Huck Finn themed outfits and to decorate their wagons and bikes as well, to take part in the parade.
Fishing will begin at 10 a.m. and will run until 1 p.m. All participants have a chance to win a prize. As well, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, this year there will be a special large fish that will be marked with a Canada 150 tag. If someone catches that fish, they will receive a special prize.
“I think, next to the fair, it is probably the biggest event in Uxbridge, and it’s free,” organizer Pat Higgins told The Standard. “It is really neat to see people coming out year after year.”
He added that the event is something that people mark on their calendars each year.
“People were asking us before Christmas what the date of the event is,” Mr. Higgins said.
Registration ribbons are available at locations across the Township, including Uxbridge Canadian Tire, the Uxbridge Legion, Blue Heron Books, Uxpool, and Presents, Presents, Presents.
The event has been sponsored by Uxbridge Canadian Tire since it started, and has received support from the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Township of Uxbridge, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Optimist Club, the Uxbridge B.I.A. , the Pickering Rod and Gun Club, the OFAH, Zone “G”, and the Durham Regional Police.
For more information on the event, contact Pat Higgins at 905 852-3315 or Amanda Ferraro at 905- 852-7831.
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