Looking for some fffrozen fffun? Check out Minnewaukan’s Fffishtival

Sue Kraft, Lifestyles Editor
The big tent at the Minnewakan Fffishtival not only serves as a place to warm up, but also houses the Paddlewheel (shown in background) where guests can try their luck and spin for prizes.

Every year people from area towns gather in Minnewaukan for a fun day of fishing, games, fun and food.

But the real draw, according to Community Club President Allan Nord, is the prize raffle.

The 5th Annual Minnewaukan Fffishtival is set for Saturday, March 6, and more than 100 sponsors have signed up to support the event.

“We are looking at about 300 raffle prizes,” Nord said.

The grand prize will be a three-burner stainless steel grill, followed by $200 cash and an outdoor fire pit. Nord said names will be drawn all day for the prizes and children, 12 and under, can sign up for additional prizes.

The Fffishtival was first held in 2006 as a day for families to get together and have fun, while kicking the cabin fever that can set in this time of year.

The first event featured 30 sponsors and the cash prizes in the fishing tournament were $10, $15 and $25. This year, there are more than 100 sponsors and the tournament prizes have jumped to $50, $100 and $150. Prizes will be awarded for walleye, perch and pike.

“We've grown quite a bit,” said Nord. “And hopefully we'll keep growing.”

He said last year, each child that participated was given a Sacagawea dollar and this year, each young participant will receive a gold presidential coin.

In addition to the ice fishing tournament and prize drawings, there will be paintball, games for the family — including a money hunt in the straw — and food vendors. The Paddlewheel will also be making a return trip, where guests can purchase a chance for a $1 and spin for prizes.

“It's actually a really fun day,” Nord said.

Food will be available at the tent and the school, with barbecues and hot dogs available, along with other beverages and snacks.

For those wanting to escape the chilly weather, a flea market will be set up at the Minnewaukan High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors are still being accepted and can reserve a spot by calling Lisa at (701) 351-7029.

The Fffishtival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will be used to help maintain Minnewaukan's boat landings and fish cleaning stations.