2016 Caddis Festival Banquet

By: Danielle Adams Collegiate Peaks’ annual fundraiser is coming May 7th, 2016, at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

The Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its 31st annual Caddis Festival Banquet and Auction on Saturday, May 7th at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds in Poncha Springs.

Early May is the traditional time of the year that the caddis hatch reaches the Salida area of the Arkansas River. Anglers from far and wide descend upon the river to test their skills at fooling trout with a caddis fly imitation. The Caddis Festival Banquet is a great way to top off a day on the river.

Doors and cash bar open at 5 PM, followed by a catered buffet dinner at 6:45. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and youth tickets are $15. This is the chapter’s primary conservation fundraising event of the year with the proceeds going to a wide variety of activities including habitat improvement projects, stream restoration, youth & adult education, college scholarships, trail maintenance and the ever-popular kid's fishing derbies.

Chapter members will be receiving a letter with a registration form. Please send it in with your reservations as soon as possible. Non-members are also encouraged to attend. There will be lots of fun for everyone, including silent and live auction items and special bucket raffles!

It’s a great time, and very important for the support of CPA activities, including the Kids Fishing Derbies, college scholarships, and support for our environmental projects.

For more information about reservations, tickets, and more, contact Barbara Plake, Caddis Festival Planning Committee Chair.