National Geographic to film at 24th Annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza
Web posted January 14, 2014
Brainerd, MN – The Brainerd Jaycees will be holding the 24th Annual $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza Saturday, Jan. 25 on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay, north of Brainerd, MN.
Over 10,000 anglers are expected to compete for one of 150 prizes valued at more than $200,000.
National Geographic is creating a new reality television series focused on all things ice fishing and will be filming an episode at the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Jan. 25.
The show will follow a group of seasoned fisherman who represent the culture of ice fishing in America throughout the series and will air later this year.
The film crew will spend nearly one week in the Brainerd lakes area filming many different aspects of ice fishing, the preparation of the Extravaganza on Gull Lake’s Hole in the Day Bay, and the contest itself.
This is the second time in the 24- year history of the Ice Fishing Extravaganza that it will be featured by National Geographic.
Almost 22 years ago there was a two-page spread including an aerial photograph of the event in the September 1992 edition of National Geographic The Magazine.
“We are thrilled that National Geographic is interested in showcasing our event,” daid Angie Nelson, a representative of the Brainerd Jaycees, “fishing contests are a very important aspect of ice fishing culture.”
The Extravaganza location was chosen in part because of the uniqueness of the event that boasts such a high level of participation.
Throughout the history of the event, contestants from as far away as India, Germany, and Hawaii have participated.
The event is completely volunteer run and all event proceeds are donated to area charities. The primary beneficiary is Confidence Learning Center, an outdoor recreational facility and camp for individuals with developmental disabilities.
However, more than 50 organizations in the Brainerd Lakes area have received donations in the history of the event, which is likely to exceed $3 million in charitable donations this year.
Contestants can expect the same great event as in years past with the opportunity to win large prizes at various places on the leader board – 1st place wins a GMC or Ford pick-up truck, 100th place goes home with an Ice Castle fish house, and Arctic Cat 4-wheelers are spread throughout the list.
The Lindy Big Fish Bounty is back again this year, where the 24th place winner can earn $3,000 in addition to the $2,400 on the prize list if they catch the winning fish on the special edition Emerald Shiner colored Lindy Rattlin’ Flyer Spoon available exclusively at Mills Fleet Farm stores.
Also returning this year after a one year hiatus is the Catch of the Day Extravaganza Giveaway, an additional contest within the Extravaganza, that gives participants a chance to win a prize package valued at $9,000 for an additional $5. Stamps for this contest can be purchases online and at Mills Fleet Farm in Baxter.
Event organizers are ready for this year’s event, and the cold weather has surely been beneficial for the ice conditions. As of last week, 12-16” of ice was reported throughout the contest area at Hole in the Day Bay.
“Although it has been a cold couple of months, we are very excited that the conditions are favorable for the Extravaganza,” said Matt Castle, event organizer with the Brainerd Jaycees, “planning has been smooth and we are looking forward to another successful contest.”
Tickets are available for purchase online, at Brainerd area outlets and at all 34 Mills Fleet Farm stores for $45.
The Brainerd Jaycees are a leadership development organization for men and women ages 18-40. Founded in 1939 they have more than 130 members. The Brainerd Jaycees donate more than 30,000 hours and $250,000 to area charities and causes each year.
For more information visit icefishing.org for more information on the organization visit brainerdjaycees.com.
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