The Annual Fishing Derby . . . was a truly great event. Several community members helped organize the event after hearing that the fishing derby might not happen this year. Wayne Williams, an employee of the Hudson City School District, and Hudson fire fighter Justin Elliot devoted countless hours over the past two months, planning and preparing for the derby. The results of this collaboration between the Youth Department and these wonderful community members were a clear success: 52 youth participated, catching a total of 71 fish, more than 60 prizes were handed out, and 7 youth went home with their first fishing rod and tackle box.
The Grand Prize winner was Hudson's very own Shaun Terry, age 11, who reeled in a 15-inch long rainbow trout that weighed a whopping 2 pounds 4 ounces. Shaun learned to fish over the past three weeks as a participant in the Youth Department's afternoon fishing program.
The Hudson Youth Department is looking at this event as an exciting model for future collaborations with local volunteers. The Youth Department is grateful to be a part of such an amazing and generous community. A full list of sponsors who made this event possible will be acknowledged at the June Common Council meeting.