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Carp Derby coming June 10th to SF/W’loo

Fishing in the Finger Lakes – can it get any better? How about fishing for cash prizes?It’s time for the 32nd annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby! This year’s event will be on Sunday, June 10 from noon to 3 p.m. sponsored by Waterloo Rotary Club. Weigh in will once again be at Oak Island in Waterloo.First place winner will receive $500 in cash, second place, $250; third place $150; and fourth place $100. Fifth through eighth place winners will receive $50 each, and the smallest carp also will receive $50.Chairman John Stoughtenger said the carp derby is about more than money. It’s fun and can even be delicious. “Carp are the number one game fish in the world,” he said. “People in a lot of countries eat carp as a delicacy.”But the hundreds of carp caught each year in the Finger Lakes Carp Derby won’t be featured on menus in our local restaurants. Instead, they will be heaved into the back of a farmer’s truck who will use them to fertilize his fields.“We are going to harvest big carp to help harvest big crops,” Stoughtenger said.People are wondering how the unusual weather this spring will affect the number and size of the carp caught. Will more than last year’s 543 fish be brought to the weigh in? Will anyone beat the record 42.6 pound carp caught several years ago?Last year more than 300 people entered the derby and Rotarians anticipate an even greater number of anglers this year. Participants must pre register before 4 p.m. June 9. Registration is $10 per individual, $25 for immediate family. Mail registrations must be postmarked by June 5 and sent to Waterloo Rotary, PO Box 466, Waterloo 13165. Registrations also may be made in person before 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Canal Side Experiences, 706 Waterloo Geneva Road, Waterloo; Nugent Hardware, 5 W. Main St. Waterloo or KT Styling, 751 Pre Emption Rd., Geneva.For more information, go to www. fingerlakescarpderby.com or call John Stoughtenger at 315 651 6301.Proceeds will benefit Waterloo Rotary’s community service projects including Camp Onseyawa, Literacy Volunteers, Cayuga-Seneca Action Program (CAP) Waterloo Library & Historical Society, Seneca County United Way, American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes and many youth activities. For information on how to become a Rotarian, go to www.waterloorotary7120.org or attend a meeting on Monday evening at 6:30 at the Holiday Inn.

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