The weather was warm and sunny for the Park User Appreciation Weekend at Grundy County Lake. It started Friday evening with a nature walk. You never know with nature walks just who will show up. I mean that both ways. How many people will show up to walk and how many animals might show up to see and talk about. As insurance, Cole Anderson brought along a few critters for show and tell. Everyone enjoyed the salamander and turtle. Not everyone enjoyed the snake.
Bright and early Saturday morning was the annual Fishing Derby. The weather was very warm but the strong winds were a big help in making it feel better. The strong winds didn't do much for the fishing. No matter what, it seemed everyone had fun and that was the goal of the event.
If memory serves me correctly, all but one of the Fishing Derby events have been hot, but the heat didn't deter the fisher people. True to form, young and old alike turned out for this popular event with over eighty people registering. The event was sponsored again this year by Peoples Savings Bank. The largest bass was caught by Benjamin Macy. The largest bluegill was hauled in by Jeff Reinicke. There were prizes for biggest fish in each of these categories. There was also a category for largest catfish but no one turned in a cat all day. After the awards for largest fish, there were door prizes for just about everyone.
For lunch everyone enjoyed free hot dogs furnished by Cooley Pumping. Nick Buseman manned the grille. Then it was time to get ready for the afternoon rubber duck race. The wind that had influenced the fishing derby would play a big factor in the duck race, as well. If the wind gust happened just at the wrong time we got to see ducks swimming upstream instead!
There was a camper and a kids division. Both races took place simultaneously. Every registered campsite received a free duck for the race and registered campers had the opportunity to purchase additional ducks.
Iowa Savings Bank donated the prizes. In the camper division it was Jeff Reinicke (remember the bluegill winner) who also won the flat screen television. The youth race winner, Kat Brown, won the bicycle.
On Sunday afternoon, Crawdaddy Outdoors, Waverly, landed at the lake to give kayaking demonstrations. Participants received instruction and then could test out some of the equipment. It was a fun weekend!