The Bishop Chamber of Commerce has announced significant changes for this weekend’s Blake Jones Trout Derby. In light of rapidly evolving concerns regarding Corona Virus/COVID-19, “social distancing” and “mass gatherings,” the Bishop Chamber is taking measures to at reduce risk to derby attendees, staff and volunteers for the event.
“We’ve given careful consideration to the situation including consulting with the Inyo County Public Health Officer,” explains Tawni Thomson of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Richardson stated he feels the event is low risk and did not recommend cancellation; however, in order to minimize chances of virus spread, the Chamber Board of Directors has decided to eliminate the traditional awards ceremony “mass gathering” portion of the derby and all prizes will be awarded via raffle.
How will this work?
- Everyone who has pre-registered for the derby will automatically be entered into the raffle.
- Winners will be chosen on Monday, 3/16 then notified by email or phone.
- Winners will have the option to pick up the prize at the Chamber or have it shipped.
- People that have pre-purchased a t-shirt will have the option to pick up at Chamber or have it shipped.
- There will be no fish-weighing and no prize ceremony at the fairgrounds.
- Anyone who does not wish to be in the raffle will have registration fee refunded.
“The fish have been stocked, the prizes are all ready to go,” explains Chamber Event Coordinator April Leeson. The Bishop Chamber understands the annual derby is a beloved tradition that draws anglers from near and far to enjoy the family-friendly fishing event. They also understand the derby is very important to our local economy. “Although less than ideal, we believe this plan represents a good balance between preserving the fishing tradition and accommodating current health care concerns,” added Leeson.
“We’re calling our new format Plan “C” for Coronavirus,” stated Thomson. “We are keeping a good sense of humor about the situation and we hope everyone that chooses to fish near Bishop this weekend has great luck and a great time.”
If you have already registered and would like participate in the raffle, you do not have to do anything. Have fun fishing and we’ll notify you if you win a raffle prize.
If you have registered, but do not wish to be in the raffle, send an email to [email protected]. We will process a refund of your entry fee by 3/31/20.
If you would still like to register to participate in the 2020 BJD Raffle, you can do that online at www.bishopvisitor.com or in person at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce.
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at 690 N. Main Street in Bishop. Call (760) 873-8405 for more information.