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Foundation Plans Fly On The Run Fishing Tournament

Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (LCCTC) students will benefit from the 11th annual Fly on the Run reception and fishing tournament set to take place on Wednesday and Thursday, May 10 and 11.

Fly on the Run is organized by the Lancaster County Career and Technology Foundation and supports its scholarship program. The funds offer financial aid for LCCTC students who need assistance with purchasing uniforms, books, and tools or materials, and the foundation also awards funds to LCCTC teachers who would like to introduce new and innovative programs to students.

"We expect to have one of the largest classes in our school's history next year, so our need will be even greater," said Anthony Gillespie, executive director of the Lancaster County Career and Technology Foundation.

The two-day event will begin with a night of entertainment on May 10 at the LCCTC Mount Joy Campus, 432 Old Market St., Mount Joy. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for a reception that will include fly fishing demonstrations and a silent auction, followed by a surf 'n' turf banquet at 6 p.m. All of the food will be prepared and served by students in the LCCTC culinary arts program.

The live auction at 7 p.m. will feature items created and donated by students in the trade classes at LCCTC, such as Adirondack chairs, plant hangers, a handcrafted beverage rack, picnic tables, and outdoor benches. Each year, students in the culinary arts program design and make a specialty cake with a fly fishing theme that is auctioned off as well.

The Fly on the Run fishing tournament will be held at Millport Conservancy, 737 E. Millport Road, Lititz, on May 11. Registration and breakfast will take place from 7 to 8 a.m. Fishing sessions and demonstrations will fill the morning and afternoon, and the event will wrap up at 3 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, a giveaway drawing, and the presentation of tournament awards.

The conservancy has partnered with the foundation to host the event since its inception, noted Logan Myers, who is associated with the conservancy and serves as a board member for LCCTC. "(Millport Conservancy) is what we call our little piece of heaven. Not many people know about it," Myers said.

Knowing how great the current need is for skilled construction and trade workers in Lancaster County, as well as how much that need is projected to increase in the future, Myers encourages folks to participate in Fly on the Run and support LCCTC. "We need the skilled workforce going forward, and LCCTC just does a fantastic job of offering those opportunities to not only students but to adults as well," stated Myers.

Registration for Fly on the Run is available at http://www.lcctfoundation.org and must be completed by Monday, May 1. Separate banquet-only tickets are available for a set price.

Participants of all experience levels, from the novice to the expert, are welcome to enter individually or with a team of four. Prizes will be awarded in both the beginner and experienced categories.

Myers said the annual fly fishing tournament has been a boon to the popularity of the sport in the county. "It's a great day of fishing," said Myers. "Everybody that's there is really upbeat and has a lot of fun."

For more details on Fly on the Run or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, readers may call 653-3009 or visit http://www.lcctfoundation.org. The deadline to register as a sponsor is Monday, April 24.

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