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Families flock to the ice
ROXBURY- In just a few short days, Roxbury Pond will be crawling with snowmobiles, four-wheelers, and maybe even a vehicle or two. There will be families and friends galore out for the day of ice fishing on February 18, during the annual Larry Mercier Fishing Derby.
Families from near and far take this opportunity to gather and enjoy the day outdoors.
Ray and Ann Carver of Roxbury found their love for ice fishing five years ago when their youngest was barely out of diapers.
“We look forward to being outdoors with the kids,” noted Ann. “We’re never by ourselves. There are always friends around and plenty of people to laugh and hang out with, especially other kids for Wyatt and Emily to play with. Wyatt has even invited kids that have never ice fished before. That’s always neat to watch their reaction.”
Ann noted that the kids love to run after the flags. “The more flags, the more fun they have.”
The kids especially enjoy being pulled around in the fishing sled behind a snowmobile or four-wheeler, whichever the ice conditions call for. They spend the cold windy days bunkered in the small shack Ray built.
“We have a propane heater to dry the mittens,” shared Ann. “Ray built me a few shelves so that I could set up my propane stove and crock pot. There really is nothing like a nice hot pot of beans on a cold day on the ice. There’s a bench to sit on so you’re not always standing.”
The Carver's are just one of hundreds of families that take the day to gather with old and new friends for a great day on the ice.
In 2011, more than 500 people were registered in the derby. That doesn’t include the friends and family that tag along for the experience and aren’t vying for that $2000-grand-prize fish.
Just to the east side of the island you are sure to find the Derouche clan. For the past seven years they’ve held a family-reunion-style gathering, complete with a weekend-long sleepover and menu for each meal.
Attending the derby, you are sure to meet up with folks that have traveled near and far for the growing event.