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Community Fishing Derby features 2,000 anglers on ice

Jesse Barnum of Park Rapids stares deep into his fish hole, looking for perch. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

A town of anglers 2,000 strong materialized on Fish Hook Lake Saturday as Park Rapids' 13th annual Community Fishing Derby kicked off.

Funny hats, minnow swallowing and yes, fishing, characterized the massive annual event that gives away more than $100,000 in prizes.

Platoons of cheerful volunteers, it seemed like one for every participant, drove school buses, served pancakes, acted as parking lot attendants and shuttle drivers as the annual event ran smoothly.

Kids and adults stood in line to register puny and respectable sized fish.

For more, and a complete list of prizewinners, pick up Wednesday's Enterprise.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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