Jaycees get go-ahead for Extravanganza after ice check
It’s time to get ready for the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, back on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay Saturday, Jan. 29, for its 31st annual charity tournament.
HOLE-IN-THE-DAY BAY — With a nip in the air, the Brainerd Jaycees waited for the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office to read off the ice thickness Thursday, Jan. 20, on Gull Lake’s Hole-in-the-Day Bay.
Andrew Jay, Brainerd Jaycees 2022 tournament chairperson, drilled the hole that would contain the fate of not only the tournament but of all the preparation and hard work that goes into hosting 10,000 people.
“We’ve got 16 inches of good ice right here,” said Sgt. Brad Thesing, with the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Recreation Division. “That means the event can go on.”
After getting the official word from the sheriff’s office, the Jaycees are now able to receive a permit for the Jan. 29 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, Jay said.
“Now we get to work, now is when the work starts,” Jay said. “Making sure we got everything lined up and coming into town, getting (the) roads plowed, tents set up. The next week is, it's go time. We're hitting the ground running. Ready to be back on ice for the first time in a couple of years.”
The tournament is scheduled noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 29 on Gull Lake with tickets available for purchase at all Fleet Farm locations until Jan. 29 for $50. Participants and guests are welcome to enter the tournament area through a check station after 8 a.m.
Tickets may be purchased online at icefishing.org/shop or at any Fleet Farm location prior to Jan. 29. To find more information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, visit icefishing.org .
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