Sunday, October 29, 2023

Inlet: French Louie Fishing Derby Winners

A kid shows off a fish he caught

The annual French Louie Fishing Derby was a successful part of the 11th annual Adirondack Kids Day held on October 7, 2023. The rain did not stop 50, of the almost 200 children attending, from signing up to participate in the derby. The children, up to age 12, were given life jackets and poles before boarding party barges which took them out to the floating dock anchored on Fifth Lake. Each child spent about one hour catching and releasing over 100 fish.

2023 French Louie Fishing Derby results as follows:

Age 0-4
1st Place – Emersen Dandignac of Canastota, NY
2nd Place – Dominic Parent of Old Forge, NY

Age 5-8
1st Place – Jack of Geneva, NY
2nd Place – Lucas Foster of Inlet, NY
3rd Place – Finnegan Lee of Constantia, NY

Age 9-12
1st Place – Mackenzie English of W. Fulton, NY
2nd Place – Ryan Birmingham of Skaneateles, NY
3rd Place – Lidia Parent of Old Forge, NY

Largest Fish at 12 inches – Mackenzie English


In addition to the fishing derby, the families who attended Adirondack Kids Day enjoyed many other free activities at Arrowhead Park. There was a bounce house, magic shows, carnival games, geocaching, face painting, balloon twisting, and arts and crafts. The Inlet Community Church handed out free popcorn and hot cocoa. Nelson’s Cottages organized the carnival games and craft table. The Inlet Youth Commission held their Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop. The Inlet Historical Society sold hot dogs and raffled off an electric bike. Joyce Burgess Snavlin held an artist workshop. Melissa Clark performed live music. NYS Forest Rangers brought Smokey Bear. Mark Manske brought live raptors. Rick Stiener took children searching for hidden caches around the park. Jim Okey performed magic tricks. Putterfingers mini golf was hoping for a hole-in-one and a children’s authors and illustrators fair was set up at the Inlet Public Library.

A kids' raptor workshop

This year’s Adirondack Kids Day included a live raptor experience. Photo by Gary VanRiper. Photo provided by Adele Burnett.

Plans are already in the works for the 12th annual Adirondack Kids Day, which will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2024. Organizers are also planning to add a loon calling contest and will again offer [an activity] the Friday night before the event.


Information will be posted on  (Photos from this year’s event can also be found on the aforementioned website.)


Special thanks to Adirondack Kids (Gary, Carol, Justin & Levi VanRiper), the Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks, Paul (a.k.a. French Louie) & Reggie Chambers, Inlet Information Office, Inlet Parks Department, Inlet Community Church, Inlet Youth Commission, Inlet Public Library, Inlet Historical Society, Putterfingers Mini Golf, Rivett’s Marine, Inlet Marina, Burke’s Marina, Tamarack Cafe, Inlet Department Store, BJ Queen Enterprises, Winslow Services, Verano Superjump, Julie Meeks, Sue Huber, Jane Slack, Rick Stiener, Leo & Linda Fadel, Charlie Herr, Gary Lee, Keith Kelly, Stephen Cole, Linda Goldsworthy, Liz Forsell, Bill & Vonnie Kinney, Henry Fiebiger, Kandor family, Spor family, Sala family. And thank you to the following for contributing toward the goody bags: The Adirondack Kids, ADK Little Cabins/Greg Rudd Pottery, American Legion Auxiliary Post 1402, ArtHouse at the WareHouse, BJ Queen Enterprises, Blue Line Coffee House-Inlet, The Donut Shop, Inlet Community Church, Inlet Public Library, Town of Inlet, Mountain & Main, Nelson’s Cottages, Old Forge Library, View Arts Center, and the Town of Webb Teachers Association.


Photo at top: A 2023 French Louie Fishing Derby contestant. Photo by Gary VanRiper.

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