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LCI derby draws a crowd

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COLCHESTER, Vt. - Anglers from across the nation made their way to the Green Mountain State this weekend for a shot at thousands of dollars in prizes, and The Lake Champlain International Father's Day Fishing Derby is also giving Vermont's economy a boost.

It's the kind of sport that requires patience and persistence. "We were getting kind of bored actually not much action," said Billy Bob, one of scores of entrants in the 33rd annual LCI Derby.  But for some, the waiting paid off.

"We've already broken a lake record for lake trout, so it's a good day to be running the Father's Day fishing derby," said LCI Executive Director James Ehlers.

This year the Derby was expected to attract about 5,000 anglers, with high hopes of breaking records. "We were interacting with folks on Facebook who are coming back from North Carolina, the Midwest  we've had people come from Alaska service men and women come back from leave," Ehlers said.

The weekend long event offers up thousands of dollars in prizes and brings roughly $10 million to the state. "We know businesses that have sold out of this and that and campgrounds that are totally booked solid and traffic jams that we helped create, but people are in a good mood," Ehlers said.

Businesses have been preparing for the weekend for months training employees and stocking up for the large crowds of fishermen. Each year the event contributes not only to the state financially, but has also become a staple in the community.  "The money is important absolutely, but all of it together is what makes it the Vermont icon tradition that it is," Ehlers said.  

A tradition that will bring visitors to the Green Mountain State year after year.
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