It was a great weekend in Croton. The 3rd Annual Dam-to-Dam Ice Fishing Contest, a fund raising event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Newaygo County, officially kicked off Friday evening, February 13. And what better way to kick off a dam-to-dam event than with a "Dam She's Hot" contest.
Just Jake, a West Michigan band, warmed the crowd at the Driftwood Bar and Grill, the official Pre-Party site for this year's event. Contestants waited nervously for their chance to win the coveted rights to be crowned the first Dam Queen. In addition to spelling Leinenkugal's correctly, contestants had to give their best impressions of fish being caught.
A contestant practicing for his/her turn to win the crowd over.
A queen was crowned. In addition to the sought-after title, our queen also received a plaque, a Leinenkugel's t-shirt, and a fur-lined parka.
Fishing for the biggest catch in several categories took place on all sections of Croton and Hardy Dams on Saturday, February 14. A little food, a little fun, and a few friends made for a perfect Valentine's Day for our participants.
Weigh-in took place at the Walter F. Howarth American Legion on Croton-Hardy Drive. Several fishermen-women-children waited in line with their catches.
First and second place awards were given in the adult and childrens divisions for several fish categories. After the awards, the raffle began. Local businesses and individuals donated many gift certificates and prizes. The raffle was complete with a little drama as emcee Tony Gates, from local radio station WLAV, spilled the tickets. Not to worry, Alex from Hilltop Shopping Center, and Michelle from Croton Bay Trading Post were there to retrieve the tickets.
Every last one of them!
Thank yous go out to WLAV and Leinenkugal's for sponsoring the event, along with the American Legion Post 381, Anderson's Screen Printing and Trophies, Croton Bay Trading Post, Driftwood Bar and Grill, and Hilltop Shopping Center. The Fremont Foundation will again match all monies raised.
Freeze Frame Publishing will once again donate photo books commemorating the event to all major sponsors. For a sneak peak, click here. The official photo book will be printed when all the monies raised have been counted. Watch this space for final details.
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