For the third year in a row, 4-year-old Elliana Hamor won the Beech Hill Pond Management Category in the Down East Family YMCA’s Annual Fishing Derby. DOWN EAST FAMILY YMCA PHOTO

Y annual fishing derby raises money for camp

ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA’s 4th Annual Ice Fishing Derby was contested on ponds and lakes throughout Hancock County this past weekend. Proceeds help fund scholarships to the Y’s Camp Discovery on Webb Pond in Eastbrook so that all children can have a summer camp experience. 

This year, four of the derby categories were won by youth entrants. Bentley Burns won first place in his category, scoring him a $300 cash prize. Four-year-old Elliana Hamor won the Beech Hill Pond Management Category for the third year in a row. Her dad, William, says she looks forward to this event each year. When asked if she would win, she excitedly replied, “I’m going to catch a whole lot of fish!” She did that and also landed a $250 cash prize. 

The YMCA still needs to sell 300 more raffle tickets to ensure it can help with summer camp scholarships for kids and families in need. Ticket sales for a grand prize raffle drawing will continue until Sunday, Feb. 14, at noon. The prize is a Snowdog Sled package from Willey’s Sports Center valued at $4,300. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Hook’d on Life and Willey’s Sports Center in the Mill Mall in Ellsworth, Tideway Market in Hancock and by stopping by or calling the Ellsworth YMCA-Wiggins Center at 667-3086.

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