Walleye tournament looking for volunteers, singers

The countdown has begun.
With just 16 days left until the fourth-annual Emo Walleye Classic, things are falling into place, with only a few pieces missing.
So far, the weather seems to be co-operating and the river levels appear to be high enough to ensure competitors won’t have to worry too much about losing props to the rocky reaches of the Rainy River.
“The (river) levels are perfect if it stays this way,” reported Tom Mosbeck of Tompkins Hardware on Front Street last Thursday. “It has changed a lot in the last few days, but it’s nothing to worry about,” he added.
Mosbeck also noted the dock is now in and the ramp is now open for business in plenty of time for the walleye season opening, which is on May 21 this year. He also predicted Team 8 would win the tournament.
However, there are still a number of volunteer positions to be filled before the tournament, which takes place on May 27-28.
“We definitely need more boat spotters,” said volunteer co-ordinator Marlene McQuaker.
“We also need people for the clean-up as well,” she added.
The tournament is also looking for a few more hardy souls to help with the launch and recovery of boats at the ramp. This requires the fortitude to stand waist-deep in the water to guide the boats on to their trailers. Incidentally, this activity qualifies as part of the mandatory volunteer commitments high school students must meet as part of their graduation requirements.
If you’re interested in offering your services, contact McQuaker at 482-1247.
New this year is the “Walleydol” competition, which will make one singer $500 richer.
There is room for up to 15 competitors over the age of 16, but according tournament board member and director of angler services Colleen Vennechenko, only nine people have signed up to date.
“There’s $500 up for grabs, but the deadline is May 13 (this Friday),” Vennechenko stressed.
Those interested can call Vennechenko at 482-1811, or drop by The Corner Closet.

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