New Hampshire Winter Entertainment
It is 27 degrees outside.
You are living in New Hampshire.
Not much to do, right? Except some type of indoor activity?
In my town, there is this funny little annual activity. It brings people from all over the United States. People make reservations well in advance. They bring their families and their friends. They anticipate the event for months beforehand.
“What is it” you ask?
Are you ready for the answer? ……………………..
It is called FISHING DERBY WEEKEND.
You got it right folks, the word FISHING is in there.
“Fishing”? you ask “in the winter”??
Let me explain.
As soon as the big lake freezes over, people from all around start putting these tiny structures on the ice. They are called bob houses. Some bob houses are very small, and fit one or two people. Others are like mini bachelor pads, equipped with tv’s, comfy chairs, and mini fridges.
This year, we even had:
What is the point, you ask?
Well, the main point is that The Fishing Derby is an annual event sponsored by our local Rotary Club as a fundraiser. It has been going on for over 20 years. The Fish & Game Department raise fish and deposit the fish in the lake just for The Fishing Derby. The person with the biggest fish in each category wins a cash prize.
Also, there are all sorts of raffles - sometimes the Grand Prize is a small boat, sometimes the prize is a snowmobile. This year’s Grand Prize is a bob house. There are other smaller raffles, too. All prizes are donated by local businesses. These is a HUGE event that attracts anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 people.
And of course, being locals, every year we take the kids down to see the fish board, and to walk around and see the “entertainment”.
But, like all fun, the day must end….