On Friday, the Lions Club will release 2,000 fish into the Conococheague Creek, 611 of which are tagged fish worth payments ranging from $25 to $2,000.
“This year we have over $27,000 worth of cash prizes of trout. That was up over the last two years,” Shearer said. “One of our sponsors stepped up and put more money fish in the stream this year.”
More money up for grabs means more excitement for fishermen, which hopefully translates into more funding for the programs the derby supports, he said.
The event provides funding support for programs throughout the community such as the Salvation Army, United Way, YMCA, as well as eye examinations, glasses and assistance for the hearing impaired in the Chambersburg community, according to a news release.
Year-to-date, the Lions Club has raised more than $235,000 from the derby for community projects, Shearer said.
“We’re looking to go over the quarter-of-a-million-dollar mark after this derby,” he said.
In addition to the derby’s great fishing, derby raffle Chairman John Nogle said he spared no expense on raffle prizes.
“We blew the budget you could say on our raffle prizes. Normally, I try to spend around $1,800. But, this year I spent almost $2,400 because it’s our 15th year, and we wanted to do something a little more for the guys,” he said.
Some of the raffle prizes include an iPad 2, a trip for four to Raystown Lake on the Guided Striper Bass Trip, a 10 1/2-foot Anglers Kayak with fishing gear, tackle boxes and flat-screen TVs.
Anglers also will have a chance to win a pre-owned vehicle from Forrester Lincoln of Chambersburg valued up to $30,000.
“It’s a family-friendly event. People come from a couple of years old to people in their early 80s,” Nogle said. “What’s nice is it seems like we tweak it a little bit, and it gets better each year.”
For more information on the trout derby, log on to www.troutderby.com