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2013 Park Rapids Fishing Derby around the corner

The 15th annual Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Contest is just a few weeks away.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2 on Fish Hook Lake. More than $110,000 in prizes will be given away.

Below zero temperatures will continue to keep a thick layer of ice on Fish Hook in anticipation of thousands of people venturing out on the lake that day.

The fishing derby is always the first Saturday in February and brings many people to the area. Typically, there are between 3,000 and 4,000 people on the ice that day.

The derby is not just for fishermen, though. Besides the opportunity to fish is the chance of winning a raffle prize. Tickets are $40 each. The grand prize this year is a 2013 Chevy Silverado LS from Thielen Motors. The vehicle is parked at the American Legion.

The 15th largest fish caught in any category will win an Ice Castle fish house, with $2,000 awarded to the seller of the winning fish house ticket and $2,000 awarded to the seller of the winning truck ticket. The fish house is also parked in front of the American Legion.

Also, $2,000 is awarded to the seller of the most tickets.

Tickets are available at businesses throughout the Park Rapids area and at the American Legion.

More than 60 raffle prizes are available. Additional prizes could be won in four fishing categories: Division I: bluegill and crappie; division II: northern, walleye and largemouth bass; perch division; and rock bass division.

Prizes range from cash to a microwave to an ice auger, with many gift certificates.

The fishing derby weekend kicks off Friday, Feb. 1, with a welcome dance from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. with entertainment by "Billy D and the Crystals."

Breakfast will be served from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Legion and a fundraiser lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Legion.

The fishing contest is from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Fish Hook Lake that afternoon with an awards presentation at 5 p.m. at the American Legion. That evening is the fisherman's ball from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Legion. The entertainment will be "Billy D and the Crystals."

A Boy Scouts breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 to wrap up the weekend.

Tickets are available at the American Legion or by calling 732-3360. For more information, contact the Legion at 732-5238. Information can also be found at

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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