EWC preparations in full swing

Joey Payeur

Planning for the first major fishing tournament of the season in the Rainy River District is almost complete, but the field of participants certainly is not.
The Emo Walleye Classic kicks off next Thursday (May 25) with two new events, as explained by EWC director of marketing and nighttime entertainment Allison Cox.
“We will have ‘Kids Gone Fishing’ for students from Crossroads School, Donald Young School and Sturgeon Creek School aged 9-14,” Cox revealed about the event similar to the Kid-Pro Tournament held as part of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship each July.
“We will also have an angler meet-and-greet taking the place of the usual parade of boats on Front Street.”
The two-day competition kicks into gear with the opening-day launch on Friday from the Emo docks at 8 a.m.
“We’ve got 25 paid teams signed up as of (Monday) and we’re always interested in taking more,” said EWC director of marketing and nighttime entertainment Allison Cox.
“We had 36 last year, so we’re hoping for at least 30 this year,” she added.
“Things are coming together very well.”
However, Cox emphasized the committee isn’t about to turn down any willing volunteers to help before the tournament even gets going as well as after the lights have gone out on the final day.
“We’re looking for fundraising community groups that would help with setting up and taking down at the Emo-LaVallee Arena,” she noted.
“Right now, it’s just the committee that’s going to be doing it.”
Community groups could earn $250 for aiding in the setup on Monday beginning at 10 a.m. or for assisting in the takedown on May 28 at 10 a.m.
Doing it both days would mean $500 for the group.
Ted Heynes of Stratton and Kelvin Caul of Devlin are the defending tournament champions.
For more information or to register, go to www.emowalleye.com.