The Cowichan Lake Marina is offering free boat launching for the town’s 75th Anniversary fishing derby on May 18 and 19. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Lake’s 75th celebrates with fishing derby

A prize trout or a big find at a garage sale — you can help celebrate Lake Cowichan’s 75th anniversary

Whether it’s a prize trout or a big find at a garage sale, you can help celebrate Lake Cowichan’s 75th anniversary by reeling in something special next month.

As part of the lead-up to celebrations later this summer, a fishing derby is planned for the weekend of May 18 and 19, with a massive community garage sale scheduled for the following Saturday.

The fishing derby will take place in Cowichan and Bear lakes, with a big cash award for the angler who brings in the biggest eligible fish.

“We are thrilled to be able to host this fun fishing event with a grand prize of $1,000 for the largest cutthroat or rainbow trout caught, not exceeding 50 cm,” commented Paul Jordan, chair of the Town of Lake Cowichan’s 75th Anniversary Society. “Second place prize is $500 and third place is $250. We wanted this to be a family event, so we have also included prizes in the kids category as well.”

The Cowichan Lake Marina is offering free boat launching for participants, and the Riverside Inn will host the awards banquet on Sunday evening, derby coordinator Grant Treger added.

Registration tickets are limited to around 200, and local fishing regulations apply. Proceeds will go to the Cowichan Lake Salmonoid Enhancement Society and Hatchery.

To purchase a ticket, contact Treger at 1-778-429-2901, 1-506-461-4952, or pinesmoke@live.ca

The community garage sale will take place on May 25 at Ts’uubaa-asatx square, next door to the Cowichan Lake Library on Renfrew Avenue. The Town of Lake Cowichan and neighbouring communities have stepped up to contribute items for the sale, with proceeds going toward fundraising efforts for 75th anniversary celebrations.

It will go beyond just a garage sale, with a concession, loonie and toonie tables, and live entertainment featuring Jan Matthews in Overdrive.

“We hosted two drop-off Saturdays on weekends, and last Saturday was the second of the two,” said garage sale coordinator Laurie Johnson. “In a short period of a few hours, we had over 20 pickup-truck loads arrive, plus individuals dropping off items. And that’s just one of the drop off days.

“We now have an incredible amount of household items, furniture, lawn and garden, toys, tools, sporting goods, and wow, so much more.”

Drop-offs are still being accepted. To make arrangements, contact Johnson at 250-710-0098

This event is one of many being hosted throughout the year by the Town of Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Committee. For more information on this and other upcoming events leading up the Town of Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary Celebration on August 16-18, visit the website at www.75andbeyond.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Drivesmart column: Traffic calming in your neighbourhood

Since the police are only part of the solution, what are the alternatives?

COVID-19 means different graduations for Cowichan students in 2020

At Lake Cowichan students did the traditional hat toss

Mary Lowther column: Pre-sprouting corn in paper towels

My new packet of spinach didn’t grow when I put the seeds directly into potting soil

Sarah Simpson Column: Diving into Dahl with my darlings

“Why don’t we pull out the Roald Dahl collection we got a couple years ago?”

Renovated Lake Cowichan town hall will include emergency operations centre

Upgrade project expected to be complete within months

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Most Read