Yesterday was the Jaycee’s $20,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. This is a fundraiser for area groups and charities. About 20,000 people gather on Gull Lake and try to win a truck, 4-wheeler, or one of hundreds of other prizes by pulling up the biggest (or sometimes the smallest) fish.
While I do not go to the ice tourney itself, the Boy Scouts volunteer their time the next day by cleaning up after these thousands of fishermen. This year was no picnic. Each year the event seems to run cleaner so I’m not complaining about that. What was problematic this year was the rain and the snow we got during and after the tournament. If there was any garbage on the ground it was covered up by snow and slush. The slush and water on the ice made it almost impossible to find the holes and several of us ending up stepping in a few and filling our boots up with ice water. Brrr! All in all it went well though. There was a good turn out of scouts and parents to help and we appreciate each and every one of them.