Riverton Fishing Derby set to return

Photo from the 2019 Riverton Fishing Derby, which was the last derby before the pandemic hit in 2020. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
Photo from the 2019 Riverton Fishing Derby, which was the last derby before the pandemic hit in 2020. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

RIVERTON/PRESS RELEASE — The much-anticipated 71st Riverton Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, April 10th on the West Branch of the Farmington Riverton. It was disappointing to so many that due to Covid the 2020 derby did not happen. But the tradition continues this year we are ready to go hope to see you April 10th. 

The derby is sponsored by the Barkhamsted Historical Society, and as usual the event begins with the traditional pancake breakfast at 4am at the Riverton Fire Department and continues with the derby, which is open to the public, starting at 6am at the sound of the bell and ends at 10am. Contestants bring their catches to the Riverton Fire Department for the official weigh in. The traditional grand prize is a Hitchcock chair donated by Hitchcock Chair Company located in Riverton.  In addition, other great prizes will be provided by private donors as well as local merchants.

This year, we were saddened with the passing of Roberta Petit. Roberta and Ed Petit owned and operated the Riverton General Store for over two decades. Roberta was instrumental in the planning and preparation for the Riverton Fishing Derby event and this year we would like to dedicate the Derby in her memory. As young fishermen coming with our parents we remember them and their dedication to this derby. We will be holding a dedication ceremony prior the Derby prizes which are awarded at the Riverton Firehouse.

The derby is family friendly as it has always been. There will be sections for young adults and kids exclusively. There will be a sixteen and under section at the town bridge. Upriver from the bridge off of School Street, will be the area designated for kids ten and under at Zak’s Pool. As in years past members of the Trophy Trout Club will be on hand to provide guidance for kids and their families and prizes will be handed out. Additionally, this year we are excited that Carl Swanson, who is the Trout in the Classoom & Youth Education Chair for Trout Unlimited will be on hand with many of his TU Colleagues to also offer their help.

As with every year we rely on donations to stock these amazing trout. This year we want to thank Supreme Industries, Farmington River Anglers Association, Royal Coachman-Old Riverton Inn, Laurel City Towing, James D. Iannone, The Riverton General Store, Innovative Lawn and Landscaping, The Town of Barkhamsted, NWCT Trout Unlimited, Nadeau Brothers, TLC Landscaping, Perfect Temp, Canton Well Drilling, Nate Dube and Scott Pare. And a thank you to everyone who put a dollar in the jar at the Riverton General Store! 

The stocking will take place Friday April 9th at 5pm at the bridge in Riverton. Over the past few years we have been encouraged by all the parents bringing their kids to assist with the stocking. We do ask masks are worn and we will have them available to hand out. The Trophy Trout club will be there to hand out t-shirts to all the kids who participate.

For information on the derby, you can contact the Riverton General Store at 860-379-0811.

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