Chenango Lake Perch Derby on schedule for Saturday

NEW BERLIN – Good news for Angler’s today as the Oxford Lion’s Club checks the ice on Chenango Lake. The ice has thickened back up allowing the annual Perch Derby held by the Oxford Lions Club to be held on Saturday. The derby begins at 7 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m.

NBT Bank is sponsoring a $1,000 prize for the first perch caught with a 2013 tag. As in the past, if no tagged perch is caught, the $1,000 will be raffled off to registered anglers only. Preferred Mutual Insurance, New Berlin, is sponsoring the second $500 prize for the lucky angler catching a second perch with a 2013 tag. Also, $150 will be paid for the largest perch and $150 for the largest pickerel caught during the day, compliments of Mayhood’s Sporting Goods and the family of Dr. Richard Polgar.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. The $5 registration fee and all other proceeds from the derby will be used to fund the many community projects that the Oxford Lion’s Club supports such as eye examinations and eyeglasses for those in need.

“This is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the winter season and at the same time support Lion’s Club projects,” said Lion Mike Mayhood. “We have had a number of people pre-register for the event already.” Prizes will be given away for the largest perch caught every 15 minutes of the Derby. A menu of hot food and drinks will be available all day on the ice.

Look for more information at the Oxford Lion’s website, .

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