Every year, Cañon Lodge Care Center in Cañon City, Colorado, coordinates the annual Nursing Home Fishing Derby, and this year’s derby took place on May 30, 2017.
For a small city with a population of just 16,337, there are six skilled nursing facilities! All the local nursing facilities are contacted to attend this fun event. Residents arrive early at Centennial Park, and the derby begins!
Awards are given out to the resident who catches the first fish, biggest fish, smallest fish, most fish and most unusual catch (such as a crawdad or duck). Cañon Lodge prepares months in advance for the event by obtaining a fishing license for the residents, reserving the pond and gazebos and working with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife to stock the pond with fish.
This year, Zach Holder, district wildlife manager, donated 400 fish.
“I love to fish, been fishing since I was a small boy!” said resident Glenn Evans. “I have attended the fishing derby every year for the past five years. It is always a lot of fun.”
Fellow resident Mary Booth shared, “I had never been fishing before, and I loved it! It’s so great to be outside enjoying the sun and fresh air with friends.”
Resident Jolene Willsey echoed her sentiments, saying, “I don’t even care if I catch a fish. I just enjoy being outside.”