54th Annual Smelt Derby Family Festival Feb. 23

Get out your fishing poles and lace up your running shoes. The La Conner Rotary Club’s 54th annual Smelt Derby Family Festival and Smelt Run are coming up on Saturday, Feb. 23 with something for everyone.

Kick things off with a pancake breakfast at Maple Hall from 8-11 a.m.  Prices are $7 for adults or $3 for kids 10 and under. Or work up an appetite first with the Smelt Run. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the La Conner senior class.

Register on-line at skagitvalleyrunning.com or day of between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. at the La Conner High School gym. Cost is $30 for the 5K and 10K, free for the Kids Dash. Kids Dash starts at 8:45, 5K and 10K runs at 9 a.m. T-shirts are $15. Awards will be presented immediately following the conclusion of the race. Race proceeds benefit the La Conner Booster Club and help support Rotary programs.

Meanwhile, back downtown, fishing will take place at the town docks from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Judging will begin promptly at 1 p.m. with a $100 prize for first place.

If fishing isn’t your thing, try your hand at making fish prints from 9 a.m. until noon at Maple Hall, where you can also pick up entries for a treasure hunt around town.