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April 25: Youth Fishing Day

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3rd Annual Blackstone Valley Youth Fishing Derby April 25th


Jeff LeClaire
Jeannie Hebert
508 234 9090 X106
Release Date: April 1, 2009

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce announces the 3rd Annual Blackstone Valley Youth Fishing Derby, Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m at the West Hill Park recreation area, Northbridge. A much anticipated family favorite event in the Valley, trophies and prizes, including 2 pairs of Red Sox tickets, will be awarded for many categories: the top six largest, first caught, smallest and tagged trout. Over 250 Trout will be stocked by the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife. Donation fee of $15.00 per youth (with family cap at $45.00) for ages 3-14 registering by April 12th includes a bag of tackle, an official derby T-shirt, live bait and a ticket to the cookout at noon. Limited to 250 youths who register, pre-registering is recommended!

The Youth Fishing Tournament kicks off the 5 month Blackstone Valley Trout Fishing Derby on West River from Upton to Uxbridge, 60 specially tagged trout will be available to be caught up until October 15th, each tag representing an additional prize donated by event sponsors. Visit to follow the progress throughout the summer.

"The Blackstone Valley Fishing Derby is an opportunity for families to get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty that is the Blackstone Valley and create memories that will last a lifetime." says BVCC President Jeannie Hebert. "It's good Old Fashioned fun! The Chamber is proud to be a part of this classic event."

Jeff LeClaire of Fin & Feather Sports in Upton will once again organize the Derby, along with the support of the BV Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. "Over 200 children annually, whether beginners or more skilled in fishing, enjoy a great day of trout fishing on the river." LeClaire said. "It's also a great time for parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors to come together to fish and realize how lucky we are to live in the Blackstone Valley with stocked trout ponds and rivers and the great outdoors."

For more information, contact the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce at 508-234-9090 or Jeff LeClaire at Fin & Feather Sports - 508-529-3901. Visit to volunteer, become a sponsor or to register for the event.

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