WATERVILLE — The 26th Annual Gene & Lucille Letourneau Ice Fishing Derby is set for Sunday, Feb. 18, on any safe, legal Maine pond or lake of their choice with the official weigh-in set for 2-5 p.m. at the Muskie Community Center, 38 Gold St.

This mid-winter tradition for ice fishing enthusiasts and families attracts people of all ages throughout the state to compete for cash prizes, take a chance at winning the door prize (a YETI Tundra 65 Cooler package), and participate in various winter carnival activities.

This event encourages ages 15 and younger to compete in their own category. Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second places in eight fish categories for adults and for first, second, and third places in 10 fish categories for youth.

All are welcome to attend and enjoy the firepit, s’mores, hot cocoa, popcorn, corn hole, pool table, silent auction, and to purchase food from Maine Pine Catering during this indoor/outdoor event.

Youth can experience the Children’s Discovery Museum’s Mobile Museum activities between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as crafts, coloring, and other free, fun activities (available through 5 p.m.).

Local young adult author Laurie Graves will sell autographed copies of books from her The Great Library Series and do a reading at 11 a.m. For younger children, Tiffany Ricci, author of Fly Butter, will do a reading of her book starting at 11:30 a.m. and also will be selling autographed copies.


Ice Fishing Derby tickets can be purchased online and at several locations including the Muskie Community Center, Backcountry Baits at 55 Grove St., Christy’s Country Store at 932 Augusta Road in Belgrade, D&L Country Store at 573 Smithfield Road in Oakland, Harvest Time Baits at 271 Taylor Road in Winslow, Middle Road General Store at 3535 Middle Road in Sidney, Tri-Pond Variety at 164 Village Road in Smithfield, Twins Country Store at 2336 N Belfast Ave. in Augusta, the Cohen Community Center at 22 Town Farm Road in Hallowell, and at the Spectrum Generations office at 1 Weston St. in Augusta.

Each ticket allows a fish entry and an entry into the door prize drawing for a Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler and drink tumblers (people do not need to enter a fish to be included in the door prize drawing). Tickets to enter a fish are sold only until noon the day of the event.

The Ice Fishing Derby & Winter Carnival is a fundraiser supporting the programs and services of Spectrum Generations, including Meals on Wheels and other nutrition-related services for older adults and adults with disabilities. To purchase tickets and review tournament rules, visit spectrumgenerations.org.

For more information, contact Sandra MacDonald, regional center director, at smacdonald@spectrumgenerations.org or 207-873-4745.


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