2023 Concordia Fishing Derby: A Fin-tastic Day!

Concordia volunteer with kid who caught a fish

The 2023 Concordia Fishing Derby for Kids is o-fish-ally in the books! The annual event, held at the beautiful Saxony Farm Lake, drew a crowd of over 800 guests – making it one of the most attended fishing derbies to date!

We were blessed with sunshine all day and temperatures in the upper 60s. Prizes were given out every half hour for the largest and smallest catch, along with special prizes throughout the day. Guests enjoyed close to 1,000 hotdogs, chips, fruit and drinks – all for FREE! The biggest catch of the day was a mammoth largemouth bass measuring in at 18 1/4 inches; the smallest catch was a bluegill coming in at 1 ¾ inches.

Special thanks to our awesome sponsors for the event:

Gold Sponsor:

• Doc Tile Flooring

In-Kind Sponsors:

• Jeff and Autumn Cooper (also volunteers)
• Culligan Water
• Gordon Food Service
• Heinz
• Hormel Foods
• Marburger Farm Dairy
• Monteverde’s Inc.
• PepsiCo
• Schwebel’s
• Sprankle’s Neighborhood Markets

Not only did our friends at Sprankle’s donate snacks, drinks and ice, but they also sent a few volunteers and helped with some event promotion on social media! We also want to give a huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, including many Concordia employees, residents and family members; the Saxonburg Fire Police for help with parking; our friend William Thiele for capturing terrific drone footage of the event; and to everyone who helped to make the day a wonderful experience for our guests!

Check out the photos in the gallery below (click to enlarge), and if you have any pictures from the event, please share with us us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Check out the Events page of our website for more coming events this summer at Concordia! The next mini fishing derby will be at the Summer Festival on Sunday, July 30 at the Concordia at Cabot campus – we hope to see you there!

Concordia volunteer with kid who caught a fish

Founded in 1881, Concordia Lutheran Ministries is a faith-based, CARF-CCAC-accredited Aging Services Network and recipient of the inaugural Pennsylvania Department of Aging Excellence in Quality Care Award. As one of the largest nonprofit senior care providers in the country, the organization serves 50,000 people annually through in-home care and inpatient locations in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and Tampa, Florida.

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