Cooler temperatures and the threat of rain weren't enough to keep people away from the shore of the Avon River Saturday morning for a chance to catch a fish during the Optimist Club of Stratford's annual Trout Derby.
Families lined the banks from the Waterloo Street bridge to the Thomas Orr Dam. Organizers were optimistic the turnout would be close to last year's roughly 500 people.
Hourly draws were held at the bandshell and prizes were handed out for the top three catches of the day in terms of weight. Kids could also win prizes by participating in a colouring contest.
Results were as follows:
1st place- Rebecca McKinley, 8, from Nithburg – .59 Kg rainbow trout
2nd place- Cody Burdett, 8, from Stratford - .55 kg rainbow trout
3rd Place - Tanner Pickering, 14, from Stratford - .55 kg rainbow trout
Winners received a rod with reel and McKinely also received the annual Optimist Trout Derby - Robert (Bob) Nichols Award Memorial trophy and plaque.
About 1,200 pounds worth of trout were emptied into the Avon in advance of the day, and Optimist Brian Pearson said they should make for good fishing in the river for a few more weeks yet. Added to this year's event was a cleaning station which saved families the messy job of preparing the fish at home.