Historic and Fun La Conner Smelt Derby

History -making in 2011

Over the  years families have made a tradition of taking the children ,grandchildren, and even great grandchildren to the historic smelt derby.  You don't last 46 years without offering something to those who participate and the community that supports the events. Each year local merchants donate over 100 prizes and others provide a substantial cash sponsorship to keep the derby going.  Over 40 Rotarians will be donating their time on this day to assure you have a great smelt experience.

 Over the years the Smelt Derby has developed a fun, family day to remember.  Here are the events:

       Breakfast: As in years past, the Rotarians will serve up pancakes, eggs and all the trimmings at Maple Hall from 8 to 10a.m. The breakfast benefits the La Conner Senior Class. 

       Smelt Run: Work off the meal with the Skagit Symphony's USATF Certified 5k or 10krun.  Or take the family fun walk around town,see the town's award winning public art displays and maybe even glimpse one of La Conner's town turkeys.  10a.m.start.

      Fishing: The Smelt Derby fishing contest is on the town docks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Kids can win cash prizes of $100 for bringing in the largest smelt.  Other prizes for unusual catches from the channel.  Pick up a life jacket at derby headquarters.

      Kid's activities:  Kids will love the fishing action and the free fun at Maple Hall, the site of the famous "fish printing" where the budding artists can create a masterpiece out of a dead fish and paint.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

      Boat tour:  Also for the youngsters, La Conner Sea Scouts will offer tours of their historic schooner, "Rejoice."

      Raffle and more: Adults can spend $2 to try their luck in a raffle with over 100 fabulous prizes and a $750 cash Grand Prize.  They can feed the kids and families can enjoy $2 hot dogs. Meals for $4 with a polish hot dog.

      Meet the new Smelt Queen and hear what smelt has meant to her.