The list of events happening in Smiths Falls in 2017 continues to grow, as the organizer of an annual kids’ charity fishing tournament has announced plans to bring the event to town for the first time.
Peter Larmand, a Smiths Falls resident, tournament bass angler and host of an outdoors radio show, came to a meeting of town council’s Committee of the Whole to seek support for his proposal.
The annual Peter Larmand Outdoors Kids’ Charity Fishing Tournament has been held at Rideau Ferry for the past 10 years, attracting 85 participants in 2016.
“The whole premise of the event is really to get the kids into the outdoors,” said Larmand. “Smiths Falls is a beautiful location. It’s a resource we have at our back door.”
With council’s blessing Larmand plans to move the tournament, set for Saturday, May 13, to Lower Reach Park. He said the tournament has raised over $1,000 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in the last two years, and this year a second charity, Jump Start, will also benefit.
Larmand said he hopes to increase the number of participants to 100 in 2017, and would like to install temporary floating docks at Lower Reach Park to accommodate the event. He also asked whether the town would be willing to contribute financially to the tournament.
“Let’s try to get 150 kids for Canada 150,” suggested Councillor Lorraine Allen.
Councillor John Maloney noted that some money budget for community grants for 2017 has not yet been allocated, and that a second round of grant applications is still possible.
Councillor Chris Cummings, who chaired the March 27 committee meeting, said town staff will be asked to work with Larmond and explain the process of apply for a community grant. Director of Community Services Art Manhire said the town does have two floating docks, currently at the public works yard, that could be used for the fishing tournament.
Peter Larmand’s annual charity kids’ fishing tournament attracted 85 participants to Rideau Ferry in 2016. This year he plans to hold the tournament at Lower Reach Park in Smiths Falls.