Red, white & bite: Nearly 200 kids come out for Frisco’s annual Fourth of July Fishing Derby |

Red, white & bite: Nearly 200 kids come out for Frisco’s annual Fourth of July Fishing Derby

Thirteen of the 14 Frisco Fourth of July Fishing Derby winners pose for a photo after the annual fishing derby at Meadow Creek Pond on Wednesday.
Courtesy Vanessa Agee | Special to The Daily

2018 Town of Frisco Fourth Of July Fishing DErby

Derby winners

Ages 0-5

1st Place Henry Boshammer 12 inches

2nd Place Bradley Anderson 11 inches

2nd Place Andrew Anderson 11 inches

3rd Place Madeline Anderson 9 inches

Ages 6-8

1st Place Tyler Nimtz 16 inches

2nd Place Charlie Boshammer 14 inches

3rd Place Jacob Kusch 11 inches

Ages 9-12

1st Place Leila Wilson 12 inches

1st Place Annika Broecker 12 inches

2nd Place JP Partrich 11 inches

2nd Place Ryan Steinhoft 11 inches

3rd Place Franklin Hinds 10 inches

3rd Place Robby Nimtz 10 inches

Ages 13-15

1st Place Barrett Pape 11.25 inches

For local tikes Henry Boshammer and Tyler Nimtz, their Fourth of July holidays were spent catching fish whose lengths doubled the youngsters’ ages.

Nearly 200 children came out to Meadow Creek Pond on Wednesday for the town of Frisco’s annual Fourth of July Fishing Derby.

The derby, put on by the town in conjunction with the Gore Range Chapter of Trout Unlimited, saw 177 children fish for two hours after Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocked the pond for the derby.

During the two-hour competition, 57 fish were caught and released. Nimtz, competing in the ages 6-8 division, caught the largest trout of the day. Nimtz’s 16-incher was just a few inches longer than Charlie Boshammer’s, the second-place finisher in the ages 6-8 division and overall, who reeled in a 14-inch fish of his own.

Three other youngsters tied for third-place overall with 12-inch trout, including Boshammer and two young ladies who tied for first place in the ages 9-12 division: Leila Wilson and Annika Broecker.

In the ages 13-15 division, it was Barrett Pape who won the day, reeling in a fish 11.25 inches in length.

“It was a busy morning out there with lots of fish caught,” said town spokeswoman Vanessa Agee. “We owe a huge thank you to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for stocking the pond, to the Frisco citizens and visitors who refrained from fishing the pond since Saturday to give the kiddos a better chance and to the Gore Range Chapter of Trout Unlimited for providing great volunteers to measure fish, set up equipment and provide a lot of advice.”

frisco Parade winners

The derby wasn’t the only competition the town hosted for the holiday, though, as the Fourth of July celebration also included a parade contest, a pancake breakfast, two concerts and a group drum circle.

More than 200 kids entered into the bike parade while 45 other individuals and groups entered into the parade, which was marshaled by 2014 and 2018 Paralympic snowboard medalist Amy Purdy, emceed by Roman Moore and judged by Judi Amico, Tom Connolly and Joyce Burford.

The parade kicked off with the Frisco Police Department, Summit County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard, Summit County Rescue Group and Summit Fire & EMS, and made its way along Main Street from Madison Avenue to Sixth Avenue with large candy hauls and crowds of kids in tow.

As for the parade competition, it was the Summit School of Dance who took first place followed by High Country Horsemanship School in second and Steven Beck’s Living the Dream in third.

The High Country Horesemanship School also won the Animal category, followed-up by Blue River Horse Center.

In the nonprofit category, Summit Rescue Group won first place followed by Team Summit in second and the United States Forest Service’s White River National Forest Dillon Ranger District in third place.

In the vehicle category, Joe Fassel won first place with his 1926 Model T, followed by Scott Stauffer in his 1968 Chevelle in second place and Jeremy Seifkas and his 1967 Chevrolet “Old Blue” truck in third place.

Parade prize pick-up

Parade winners may pick up their prizes at Frisco Town Hall starting on July 11 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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