Emo Walleye Classic set to run for 2003

With the bass freshly deposited back in the water, Emo’s Walleye Classic is gearing up for a bigger and better second-annual tournament on May 30 and 31, 2003.
Organizers decided to expand the field to 60 teams next year, up from the 50 available spots in this year’s tournament.
“Everyone enjoyed themselves so much that more teams want to participate next year,” said committee member and Emo Chamber of Commerce president Colleen Vennechenko.
For the first-annual tournament, none of the teams were eliminated but that won’t be the case next year.
“This year we didn’t [eliminate teams]. Next year will be a different story,” she said. “We let the 44 back because they made our first tournament. Next year we’ll likely cut it. You want new blood.”
Teams that participated in the 2002 tournament have their spaces held in the 2003 event until September 15, 2002, the date by which registration forms and 50 percent of the $600 entry fee must be received. The remaining portion of the entry fee must be received by January 15, 2003.
A full list of volunteers, sponsors and contributors can be found on the Emo Walleye Classic web site at http://www.emowalleye.com/
Classic sponsors of the 2002 Emo Walleye Classic were Tompkins’ Hardware, Crestliner Boats, Yamaha Outboards, KP Computers, B93, Rainy River Future Development Corporation, Fort Frances Times Electronic Publishing and the Fort Frances Times.