MEREDITH — Granite Staters, and Lakes Region residents in particular, were among the biggest winners in the 43rd annual Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby.
Derby chairman John Columbus said some 5,000 tickets were sold, which generated a gross revenue of $200,000. All profits from the derby will benefit local programs and initiatives, like the past funding for Hesky Park, where the temporary derby headquarters were located.
Columbus said tickets were sold to anglers from all over, including California and Florida.
There were “a lot (of ticket buyers) from Pennsylvania,” he said, but ultimately, however, the 2022 derby was a showcase for the locals on local waters, with Kayla Robinson of Belmont having her name drawn from a hat to win the top prize of $15,000.