Frisco announces winners of Fourth of July fishing derby and parade float contest |

Frisco announces winners of Fourth of July fishing derby and parade float contest

The 2014 winners of the Frisco Fourth of July fishing derby are, from left, Mack Lukasiewicz, of Dillon, Abby Pulley, Emma Ackerman, of Brighton, Colorado, and Haylee Haas of Sanger, Texas. The young anglers all caught 12-and-a-half inch trout to win.
Vanessa Agee / Contributed |

Frisco’s Fourth of July celebration included a fishing derby and parade down Main Street.

The derby attracted more than 75 kids to the Meadow Creek Pond for two hours of fishing hosted by the Gore Range Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the town of Frisco.

The 2014 derby winners were Mack Lukasiewicz, of Dillon, (in the 5- to 7-year-old category); Haylee Haas, of Sanger, Texas, (8- to 9-year-old category); and Emma Ackerman (with an assist from Abby Pulley), of Brighton, Colorado, (10- to 12-year-old category).

The young anglers all caught 12½-inch trout to win.

“The fishing derby was in danger of going away in 2014 until we reached out to the Gore Range Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and they committed to providing volunteers for the derby. They were phenomenal ­— outfitting a few kids who were visiting and didn’t have rods and helping many other folks with their fishing setup,” said Vanessa Agee, director of marketing and communications for the town of Frisco. “We look forward to improving the derby next year with their help and continuing this partnership for years to come.”

The parade featured 79 floats and more than 200 kids participated in the bike parade. The parade kicked off with the Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue Color Guard and made its way along Main Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue with large candy hauls.

Parade winners may pick up their trophies at the Frisco Town Hall starting Wednesday, July 9, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“The parade was particularly poignant this year because we had a wedding proposal on the Ski Country Shell and Towing float. She said ‘yes’ and the crowd roared. It was lovely,” said Nora Gilbertson, the town’s special events manager.

The town gives a special thank you to the event’s emcee, Krystal 93’s Roman Moore, and to parade judges Judi Amico, Tom Connolly and Maggie Butler.

For more information please go to or call 970-668-9120.

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