On a frozen lake with a perimeter that takes in roughly 14 miles in Waldo County, a community came together to fish, socialize and honor a local son who was taken way too soon.

Riley’s Wish Winter Games & Derby honors the memory of former Mount View High School and Waldo County Technical Center student Riley Boulay, who died in a car crash while driving to school Dec. 6, 2017.

The fourth annual Riley’s Wish fishing derby, held at Lake St. George Saturday, Feb. 20, was a little different this year because of the pandemic.

Riley’s father, Luke Boulay, said he did not approach officials at Lake St. George who have provided a warming and food area in years past at the state park, because of concerns over COVID-19 and capacity limits. “We had it outside to keep people as comfortable as possible and keep people safe,” he said.

Family and friends came together on this picture-perfect winter day and fished, played and socialized. There were prizes for different categories and several community-sponsored prizes were raffled off.

According to the event flyer, over $1,000 worth of prizes were raffled, with proceeds benefitting the Riley H. Boulay Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Luke, along with his wife, Jackie, began the scholarship fund as a way to keep the memory of their son alive and help students attending post-secondary trades training with scholarships.

Luke said since the start of the fund in 2018, eight graduates from across Waldo County who graduated from WCTC have received scholarships. "We've awarded over $8,000 so far for Waldo County Technical Center kids from Searsport, Belfast and RSU 3," he said.

By three o'clock, anglers headed back to the official "fish board" for weighing and measuring, and to hear the raffle winners being called out.

"The turnout today has been great," Luke said, and added that he was touched by the support he has received from the community.

"I'm just glad to see everyone out here," he said. "Our future fishermen. If there is anything good that can be taken from COVID-19," he said, "it is the family time together. One moment can change your world."