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One for the books, 30th Bullhead Derby this Sunday

By Elizabeth Shushkovsky

Published 3:56 PDT, Fri June 21, 2019

Last Updated: 3:59 PDT, Tue June 25, 2019

As a long-lived tradition, fishing has been an integral part of British Columbia’s history. The history is honoured and commemorated in Steveston in many ways, one of which is the annual Bullhead Derby.

As a long-lived tradition, fishing has been an integral part of British Columbia’s history. The history is honoured and commemorated in Steveston in many ways, one of which is the annual Bullhead Derby.

This Sunday, June 23 marks the 30th anniversary of the derby’s legacy. Richmond Golden Rods and Reels Society hosts this engaging activity each year on the Sunday before the Canada Day Steveston Salmon Festival. The derby brings together children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over to bond through fishing.

The Richmond Golden Rods and Reels Society is a seniors club that is always looking for new members, with the Bullhead Derby being their most anticipated event of the year.

 “We’ve been doing this for 30 years now because it’s what we love and we will continue to do so,” said club member Peggy Halliday.

Halliday is not surprised by the popularity of the derby, with Steveston being a well-known fishing village. She said the grandparents who participate often express their enjoyment to organizers.

The derby will be held at Garry Point Park from 10 a.m. until noon, with the registration beginning at 9 a.m. Admission to the event is free. Organizers kindly ask that participants bring their own fishing equipment such as rods and barbless hooks, but bait will be provided on site.

This year also includes several fun prizes and coupons to be won during the derby. With prize and coupon donations from Pajo’s, Dave’s Fish and Chips, Lucky 9 Lanes, Dairy Queen, A&W, and other local businesses, this family event will be one for the books.

This event is a prelude to the 74th annual Steveston Salmon Festival on July 1 with tons of festivities lined up to keep your hearts and stomachs full. This year’s festival will begin at 10 a.m., however a full pancake breakfast will kick off the festivities at 6:30 a.m. The fun ends at 10:30 p.m. with the iconic fireworks. The festival will feature multiple stages with over 75 performances, a parade, 30 food trucks, and a salmon bake.

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