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The Dildo Pond derby was a big attradtion in 2010. ((Courtesy MNM Developments))

The annual ice-fishing derby on Newfoundland's Dildo Pond has been cancelled because of concerns about thin ice.

Two weeks ago the pond, near Blaketown on the Avalon Peninsula, was still ice-free.

South Dildo fire chief Stan Smith said the ice was tested this week, and it's not safe for a crowd of people.

"The ice is not very good here and when you're talking about four, maybe three, inches of ice…I figured it's not a good idea to be getting on," he said.

About 1700 showed for the ice-fishing contest in 2010.

"Very disappointing to the people who got tickets bought for the derby this year but if the ice is not there, it's not there. They come from down the west coast, everywhere for the fishing derby," said Smith.