The Brady Nickerson Foundation hosts an annual Ice Fishing Derby

LINCOLN, Maine (WABI) – The Brady Nickerson Foundation hosted its third annual Ice Fishing Derby this morning at Prince Thomas Park in Lincoln.

The derby is part of the City of Lincoln’s Cabin Fever Reliever Day.

The Brady Nickerson Foundation was created after Brady, who loved fishing and baseball, died of pediatric bone cancer aged just 14 in 2019.

The foundation supports local baseball programs, pediatric cancer research, and youth baseball scholarships.

Participants in today’s derby registered at Prince Thomas Park and were able to enter a fish from any of Lincoln’s Thirteen Lakes.

Anglers won prizes in the Biggest Fish and Most Beautiful Fish categories.

Although COVID restrictions limited their fundraising abilities last year, people from all over flocked to Lincoln to take part in the derby today.

“We had someone come from South Carolina today. So I don’t know where everyone is from. But normally it’s a big local event and a lot of people from Glenburn and Lincoln come join, but I guess everyone is coming now,” Brady Nickerson’s sister Ashley Mitchell said.

The Brady Nickerson Foundation is planning a softball tournament in Bangor this spring and hopes to hold a golf tournament this summer.

The town of Lincoln’s Cabin Fever Reliever Day continued after the derby with free ice skating on Mattanawcook Pond in Prince Thomas Park, which will continue until 7 p.m. tonight.

They will end later in the evening with a bonfire built by the Lincoln Fire Department.

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