Largest charitable ice fishing contest in the world in Brainerd, Minnesota
Janill Gilbert stashed this in Winter Sports
Check out the largest ice fishing contest in the world. Tens of thousands of people and 30,000 holes drilled on Gull Lake for the event. This was our first time ice fishing and what a great time we had! Everyone cheers for each other every time someone catches a fish. Its really a neat experience everyone should try once! All for a good cause too!
I've never heard of charitable ice fishing.
How long has this been going on?
I wonder how much money they've raised for charity in 25 years...
In the early 1990s the Brainerd Jaycees had a desire to develop a signature project—a project that would rally members, raise money for local charities, and provide avenues for individual growth, personal development, and leadership. With the first contest being held in January 1991, it is certain the founders never expected this event would become the world’s largest ice fishing contest and put Brainerd, MN, on the map with a winter event that generates over $1-million in revenue for area businesses and over $150,000 for area charities annually.
Looks like it's a financial win for everyone in town.