BY CAROL HICKS
The North Fork Conservation Club will conduct its annual Fishing Derby/Picnic from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The derby includes a free lunch of sloppy joes, chips and pop, or hotdog, chips and pop served throughout the day.
Josh Harms of Watseka, 106th District Representative, will be the guest speaker at 1 p.m.
"This is the biggest fundraiser for the club," said president Lynn Slaughter, "which helps stock the lake."
She added one tagged fish worth $100 will be in the lake for the Saturday’s fishing derby only, 40 door prizes, donated by local and area businesses, will be drawn every 15-20 minutes and a 50/50 drawing will begin at 4 p.m. Included in the prizes,
The free Kids Fishing Derby starts at 10 a.m. for children up to 10 years of age and ages 11-15 years fishing at 11 a.m. Adult registration is $15 per person. The ladies derby begins at 2 p.m. and men’s derby at 3:30 p.m.
Slaughter said they hope to give back to the community with part of the fundraiser by giving two Thanksgiving and two Christmas dinners to deserving families this year, a thank you for the support the community has given to the North Fork Conservation Club during the years.
The club has about 200 members, according to Slaughter, and stocks the lake four times a year. Membership is $60 per year, seniors 60 and over and disabled $50.
For information, questions or to donate, contact Lynn Slaughter at 283-9676 or Betty Nicklas, vice president, or Bob Nicklas, treasurer, at 283-6060.