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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Ready for some fffrozen fffun?

  • The annual 'Winter Fffishtival' will be held in Minnewaukan this Saturday and, according to Fffishtival Chairman Allan Nord, they could see the biggest attendance to date.

     


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  • The annual 'Winter Fffishtival' will be held in Minnewaukan this Saturday and, according to Fffishtival Chairman Allan Nord, they could see the biggest attendance to date.
    “I've heard people saying that more people are planning to fish,” he said. “There's no snow on the lake and they can get around.”
    He said less than 30 of the 2,200 tickets remain available.
    The fishing tournament is one of the highlights of the all-day event, with cash awarded for the top three places in the walleye, perch and northern pike categories. The prize payuts are $200, $150 and $100, respectively.
    Ticket holders are also eligible for the raffle drawing, which includes a top prize of a 2012 Polaris Sportsman four-wheeler. The next top five prizes are a Savage 17 caliber rifle, an underwater camera, an ice auger, $200 in cash and a $50 gift card.
    “We have 175 total prizes on the main raffle,” Nord said. “And 25 gifts on the paddlewheel.”
    He said a free 'kids raffle' will also be held, with around 45 gift bags already prepared.
    He said a list will be made of each child in attendance and they will be assigned a number. They will then use a bingo roller to randomly pick out the winners.
    “It's faster than drawing chips out of a pail,” Nord said. “It's more fair, and more fun.”
    This is the seventh year Minnewaukan has hosted the Winter Fffishtival as a way to cure the winter blues. The name reflects the shivering associated with most North Dakota winters.
    Nord said many of the activities from past years will be held and much of the event will be the same. This year, he noted, the food and Paddlewheel will be located in the school rather than a tent, and this year the Community Club joined forces with the Fire Department to host the event.
    “We've never teamed up with the fire department before,” he said. “But we should have done it a long time ago.”
    Proceeds from the event will be split between the two, with the fire department planning to purchase personal protection equipment and the Community Club planning to use the funds to maintain the fish cleaning station and boat ramp.
    The Fffishtival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the fish weigh-in at 3 p.m. behind the school.
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