Sunshine, salt water, and stiff competition at the 33rd Annual Northumberland Fisheries Festival
By Heather Jordan Ross
Airika Pollard, 11, caught one big fish at the second annual Fishing Derby at the Northumberland Fisheries Festival last Saturday. Airika won the junior competition with her 19 and one quarter inch rainbow trout, but she should have won the whole thing! Adult winner David MacLeod reeled in his fish at 18 and 1/2 inches, meaning Airika’s fish was an inch and a quarter longer than his catch. Airika was the winner of a life jacket and an Old World Brick Oven Pizza gift card. Twenty two adults and nine children came out for the second annual event, held at MacLure’s Dam in Murray River. In both adult and junior categories first place was judged by the longest fish, with second and third place judged by total length of all catches. Airika is the daughter of Vicki and Matthew Pollard of Murray Harbour. She planned to give the fish to her nanny’s friends. Heather Jordan Ross photo.
It was a sweltering hot day in Murray River for the Provincial Dory Championships Saturday. Devin Hayter (adjusting his cap) and Will Miller, both from Murray River, got ready to compete against brothers Wade and Dwayne Higginbotham in the senior men’s competition. The Provincial Dory Championships are part of the Northumberland Fisheries Festival and have been running since it began 33 years ago, with senior men, senior women, and junior categories. Senior men paddled one mile while senior women and juniors paddled half a mile. The Higginbotham brothers won out in the end, which is only suiting since their father Sterling is a previous champ. They won an $80 cash prize and door prizes. Heather Jordan Ross photo.
Colton Glover, nine, tried his foot at the log roll at the 33rd annual Northumberland Fisheries Festival this Saturday. A few seconds after this photo he tumbled into the water. Many children competed against each other in the Log Rolling Competition, where they tried to run on the log as long as possible, but in the end, most could agree the log won. Colton is the son of Steven and Karen of Guernsey Cove. Heather Jordan Ross photo.
Brothers Colbie, 5, and Calvin White, 3, were ready for safe play in water and sun at the 33rd annual Northumberland Fisheries Festival on the weekend in Murray River. Decked out in hats, sunglasses and floaties, the pair of toddlers were at the Murray River bridge to watch log rolling and Provincial Dory Championships and munch down on some barbequed snacks. Their parents are Kristen and Jeff White of Murray River. Heather Jordan Ross photo.