“Wilderness Expo II” coming up in May

Fishing enthusiasts, casual and otherwise, should sharpen up on their line-casting skills now as there are big prizes and lots of fun waiting for them at the United Native Friendship Centre’s “Wilderness Expo II” on Sat., May 8.
The event, which will take place at the East End Hall, has been planned to be a day of fun for the family, going from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and featuring three full meals.
“It’s just plain fun for the whole community,” explained Brad Herbert, UNFC youth coordinator and head of the “Lil’ Eagles.”
A fundraising event to help the “Lil’ Eagles” and the UNFC’s summer rec program, all proceeds from the event will go to sending 52 local kids go to camp this summer.
“For an admission fee of just one dollar, you’ll get in all the draws, contests, and presentations,” remarked Herbert, noting the event has rallied a lot of support from local businesses,
One of the highlights of the day will be a presentation by Lil “the Walleye Queen” Pihulak, who will speak on fishing and respecting the environment.
Another activity that promises fun is the casting competition, which will be split into three division: men, women, and children.
Prizes and trophies will be awarded to those who top their division.
In addition, many other prizes will up for grabs as door prizes or otherwise.
“We’ve got tackle, sunglasses, camouflage clothing, hats, tackle boxes, even a picnic table donated by Annabelle and Russell Jourdain,” stated Herbert.
Sponsors of the event so far include: Richard’s Rod & Reel; Lidkea, Elliott & Lidkea; Sight & Sound; Pinewood Sports,; Wilson’s Stationary; Rainy Lake Sports; and Warrior Workwear and Gifts.
Apart from the expo, raffle tickets for donated trolling motors and fishfinders will be sold by the “Lil Eagles” through the summer.
Herbert noted that surprises could be added to the day’s agenda at any time.
“I’d like to see some of the real pros, like guys who have been in the Canadian Bass Championship help out a little–it would great if they could come out and judge,” he remarked.
Herbert encourages any bass tournament fisherman who wouldn’t mind donating a few hours of their time on May 8 to give him a call at 274-8541.