66th Annual Musky Fest Starts Thursday
State Fish Celebrated in Hayward
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The 66th Annual Musky Fest begins Thursday in Hayward.
Musky Fest is a four day event with live music, specialty restaurant menus, a carnival and a fishing tournament.
Although it initially started out as a simple fishing tournament, the event has grown into one of the biggest events of the year in Sawyer County.
Musky Fest is the largest fundraising endeavor of the year for the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber event coordinator Lynell Swenson estimates that between 35,000 and 40,000 people will be attending the festival over between Thursday and Sunday.
For a town that boasts a permanent population of around 2,300 residents, that’s a huge influx.
Anticipating an increase in business, local restaurants and other businesses are gearing up for a huge weekend.
Gridiron Pub & Grill co-owner Tim Metropolus said his restaurant will be offering a specialty menu over the weekend and additional staffing.
“It brings us a lot of business,” Metropolus said. “It’s a huge event and we plan way ahead for it.”
Musky Fest has been transformed from its origins as a fishing tournament into an all-consuming community event.
The festival opens at 10 a.m., Thursday, with sidewalk sales on main street in Hayward.
The Musky Queen will be crowned Thursday Evening, in the Hayward High School Auditorium.
A full schedule of events can be found at http://www.muskyfest.com/events-schedule/ .