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54th annual Smelt Derby and Run

The smelt weren’t running Saturday but little kids from about three to seven or more were, on the boardwalk and on First Street, searching for treasure while being chased by their parents and grandparents.

Families and single guys came to La Conner in search of the not so much elusive as not-present smelt for the La Conner Rotary Club’s 54th annual Smelt Derby Family Festival and Smelt Run Saturday. A school of herring were sighted and several caught, but a seal popped up and the herring left.

Nolan Nettles, 8, won for the largest smelt in the under age 12 group for his three inch smelt. He wa...


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