SANATOGA PA – Those registered to participate in Saturday’s (May 6, 2017) Trout Rodeo, sponsored by Lower Pottsgrove police and the township Parks and Recreation Board, may want to keep one eye on the weekend skies and the other on Lower Pottsgrove’s Facebook or website pages.
Rain of up to 1.15 inches is being forecast by AccuWeather throughout Friday (May 5), and limited showers also are predicted at times during Saturday. The inclement weather could threaten the annual fishing derby for children, scheduled for between 9 a.m. and noon along Sprogel’s Run at Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., township Manager Ed Wagner warned during this week’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting.
- See The Post’s weather page, here, for details.
Police Ofc. Robert Diesinger, who annually fences off a portion of the creek for the contest and then stocks it with trout to await the next day’s eager fishers younger than age 14, usually accomplishes those tasks on the Friday night before the event, Wagner explained. The rain might not make his work impossible, but if sufficient it could swell the creek and possibly wash away the barriers and the fish they contain.
It almost happened several years before. During that stormy Friday night, Police Chief Michael Foltz reported at the time, Diesinger sat practically through the night in a car near the creek, regularly checking and repairing the fences so kids in the following morning’s sunshine could bait hooks and reel in their catches.
Wagner said the township would determine, sometime before the event, whether or not it could be held as planned. The website and social media are likely channels for any weather-related announcements affecting the rodeo, he said. An alternative “rain date” had not been set as of Monday.
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