60th Annual Ice Fishing Derby
and Winter Festival
February, 8 & 9 2020
For more than five decades the Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival held on the Chain O? Lakes has been our major fund raiser and is the longest continuously run winter event in the State of Illinois. February 8 & 9, 2020 will mark our 60th Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival!
This festival is more than just ice fishing, it brings families together and provides fun for everyone. We have third generation fisherman — grandfathers bringing their sons and grandsons to this yearly event. Our founding fathers, William Brook and Dick Waters, would be pleased to see these families continued excitement and enjoyment of this event.
The Northern Illinois Conservation Club was established in 1960 by a group of sportsmen and persons interested in outdoor activities. They joined together to encourage education, conservation and preservation of wildlife and their habitat. They were concerned about the deterioration of the environment, ignorance of natural resources and the lack of hunter safety. With this, they determined the need for education of hunters, fishermen, boaters and campers of all ages.
As the Northern Illinois Conservation Club is a not-for-profit, privately funded organization, funds come from member?s dues, fund-raising activities and donations. Our educational programs on various conservation, wildlife and preservation subjects are open to the public, at no charge.
The Northern Illinois Conservation Club exists today due to the support of so many. That support is how we are able to continue our 59 year mission. Funds raised at this event allow us to continue the work of our founding fathers by providing scholarships to local area high school students, education programs on various safety, conservation, wildlife and preservation subjects, a location for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to earn badges and learn more about the outdoors, and a wildlife habitat for so many displaced wildlife in the Antioch area.
Thank you for your past and ongoing support!
AUCTION ITEMS: We are always looking for auction items for the children and adult auctions.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Runners during the derby, bucket raffle table, set up and tear down of headquarters. Please contact one of the board members if you can lend a hand.
TICKETS: Cash prizes to be raffled off this year; $1,000, $500 and $250.
DERBY BOOKLET: The advertising book has become successful for the media portion of our derby. Earlier, members were sent copies of our Sponsorship Opportunities form either through the mail or email. Thank you for your quick response. The booklet will go to press right after the first of the year.
DONATIONS: We are accepting donations for either the live auction or the bucket raffle.
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