Families invited to Fishing Derby June 25 at Portneuf Wellness Complex

By Journal Staff

POCATELLO — A fishing derby to benefit the Bannock County Search and Rescue Critical Equipment Fund will be held at the Portneuf Wellness Complex on Saturday, June 25 in conjunction with the Biggest Show in Idaho Music Festival and Extravaganza.

The derby will begin at 8 a.m. And wrap-up at about 2 p.m. $100 cash prize will be given for the biggest fish in each of the age divisions: youth, teen and adult. Pre-registration is required to participate in the derby, register at http://myidahotix.com/events/fishing-derby

Torey Danner, Bannock County Search and Rescue Commander, says that this is a great way for families to spend some time together.

“We wanted to generate a nice fun, family atmosphere, we wanted to promote the complex and wholesome family fun.”

Funds raised will go toward the purchasing and upgrading of critical equipment used by the search and rescue volunteers. Though the organization does get some funding from the Bannock County Sheriff”s Office, that money is mostly used for operational purposes and does not leave much left over for equipment.

“We are trying to meet half way, we’re trying to do our part,” Danner adds.

Firehouse Subs will be serving up food during the derby and proceeds will go to the equipment fund. Following the derby there will be a raffle for a chance to win gift certificates from many local businesses. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event.

Participants who have their own fishing equipment are encouraged to bring it, but Idaho Fish and Game will also be there with some gear for those who may not have any.