Smelt Derby extinct after 54-year run
February 5, 2020
In spite of tremendous support by members, the Rotary Club of La Conner is retiring the annual Smelt Derby.
For the handful of smelt in the Channel, the Derby’s demise is good news. Not so for the humans who gathered each February to fish and frolic during the beloved late-winter community event.
Longtime Derby committee member and judge Patsy Good has been doling out prizes for the largest smelt, the smallest smelt and the strangest catch since 1996. For the last several years, Smelt Derby fans “have sat on the docks and not caught anything, and that’s discouraging,” she said. “...
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