FFA fishing contest
promotes family time
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:47 AM
Want to do something absolutely finny on a Sunday afternoon?
Rough it with some eligible fish.
"Fish eligible for the contest include carp, buffalo, sucker, sheepshead, bowfin, burbot, cisco, gar, goldeye and redhorse," said Chatfield FFA advisor Stacy Fritz.
She outlined exactly what kinds of fish will earn anglers of all ages prizes on Sunday, June 22, during the third annual Chatfield FFA Rough Fish Tournament, set to start in Groen Park.
However, the tournament is quite certainly open to humans who wish to drop a line.
"We're holding this contest to help people get out with their families and go fishing together. It's a lot of fun to take your kids fishing. Also, proceeds benefit the FFA's leadership programs and state FFA convention trips," Fritz explained. "We've got a big day of fishing ahead of us!"
Families can come out to catch fish, have some free lunch of hot dogs and other good stuff, then they'll have the chance to win prizes.
Fritz added that each kid gets a door prize and there are additional prizes of a custom fishing pole for adults and tackle boxes for the kids.
"We usually have a silent auction, but it was so cold and wet last year that we decided to put it on hold this year and just enjoy the fishing," she added.
The advisor invited parents to team up with their children and take on the fish finning their way through the local streams.
"We encourage kids to be part of the family teams, and lunch will be available for free to all participants from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We hope that people come out and have a lot of fun, catch some fish, spend some time together," Fritz concluded.
The tournament, which is headquartered at the Groen Park picnic shelter on Third Street, or County Road 2 west, begins and ends during legal fishing hours on Sunday, June 22. Weigh-in ends at 4 p.m., followed by prize distribution - Fritz reminded participants that they must be present to win.
Pre-registration can be done at Dave's Barbershop on the corner of Main Street and Third in Chatfield and cost is $15 for teams of two. Registration may also be done at Groen Park the day of the contest, but cost is $20 instead of $15.
For more information, contact Stacy Fritz at (507) 696-5853.