BARKHAMSTED — The 71st Riverton Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, April 10, on the west branch of the Farmington River at Riverton.
The Derby is sponsored by the Barkhamsted Historical Society, and the event begins with the traditional pancake breakfast at 4 a.m. at the Riverton Fire Department, and continues with the Derby, which is open to the public, starting at 6 p.m., at the sound of the bell, and ends at 10 p.m. Contestants bring their catches to the fire department for the official weigh in.
The traditional grand prize is a Hitchcock chair donated by the Hitchcock Chair Company in Riverton. Other prizes will be provided by private donors as well as local merchants.
“This year, we were saddened with the passing of Roberta Petit,” an announcement about the Derby said. “Roberta and Ed Petit owned and operated the Riverton General Store for over two decades. Roberta was instrumental in the planning and preparation for the Riverton Fishing Derby event and this year we would like to dedicate the Derby in her memory. As young fishermen coming with our parents, we remember them and their dedication to this derby. We will be holding a dedication ceremony prior to the Derby prizes, which are awarded at the Riverton Firehouse.”
The Derby is family event. There will be sections for young adults and kids exclusively. There will be a 16 and under section at the town bridge. Upriver from the bridge off School Street will be the area designated for kids 10 and under at Zak’s Pool. As in years past, members of the Trophy Trout Club will be on hand to provide guidance for kids and their families, and prizes will be handed out. This year Carl Swanson, who is the Trout in the Classroom and Youth Education chair for Trout Unlimited, will be on hand with many of his TU colleagues to also offer their help.
Stocking the river with trout will take place Friday, April 9, at 5 p.m. at the bridge in Riverton. Over the past few years, parents have brought their kids to assist with the stocking. The event’s organizers ask that masks be worn and will have them available to hand out. The Trophy Trout Club will be there to hand out T-shirts to all the kids who participate.
For information on the derby, contact the Riverton General Store at 860-379-0811.