Two classes were held on Saturday to capacity of 25 kids each. Drapeau says it’s very satisfying putting on the event and seeing the looks on the children’s faces.
“I get so excited. I love when people have a great time and say thank you,” she explains. “I love the looks on their faces. I get really, really spun out over it. It will probably take me another week to calm down after everything because I love doing this for people. I love seeing them happy and outside, and take the time to play. We don’t take the time to play anymore.”
She adds the children loved the experience, despite the less than ideal weather.
“Kids coming back in [Sunday] they’re catching fish, they’re tickled pink,” she says. “[Saturday] was windy and it was wet, the water was splashing us like crazy, and those kids were still grinning ear to ear. We had to pull them off the lake.”
The annual weekend is easy to organize, says Drapeau. The community support allows her to organize the event without charging those who want to take part.
“The reason why we get to do both events free is because we have so many awesome businesses and companies in town that have bought and paid for everything, so there’s no reason for me to collect money from anybody.”
Fishing derby winners in the adult category were Al Williams, finishing in first as he caught a four pound, ten ounce, 27.5 inch pike. Second went to Garrett Gejdos who found himself a two pound, six ounce, 22 inch pike, and third went to Charene Christianson who ended up with a two pound, two ounce walleye.
In the children’s category, Austin Barber caught a three pound, one ounce, 25.5 inch pike for first palce. Second went to Montana Christianson, who ended up with a two pound, eleven ounce, 23.5 inch walleye. Jillian Stone landed a two pound, three ounce, 18 3/4 inch walleye, and Lincoln Bueckert caught a two pound, one ounce, 19.5 inch pike.