GO: Douglas County Fish and Game League Sports Show Return to Wessman Arena
SUPERIOR, Wis. – “It’s real good to be back here, we are happy to be back here again, we were lucky that we were funded good enough that we were still able to support our youth organizations during the two years we didn’t have a fundraiser,” Douglas County Fish and Game League Director, Wade Hill says.
After missing the last two years, the Douglas County Fish and Game League Sports Show was back at Wessman Arena this past weekend for its 116th year.
“We’re having a very good turnout here I think everybody is looking to get out and have a good time, can come out and have a nice beef sandwich that the boys are cooking right out front on our grill,” said Hill.
The event has all things fishing and hunting, with dozens of local vendors attending, some from as far as Iowa.
“It’s a community gathering where everybody comes together to see friends that they only see once or twice a year. People come here bring there kids to the fishing pond, we have face painting for the kids, we have venders that sell fish and tackle, boats, snowmobiles, four wheelers. We have the Black River Bandits with the fast draw, we have the DNR, the Wild Turkey Federation,” explained Douglas County Fish and Game League President, Erick Flood.
One new ceramic coating business from Superior was happy to be at the event for the first time, as it was a way to raise awareness in the community about their new service.
“Our first time here at the show, getting a lot of good positive response right now. It’s really exciting seeing people for the first time not knowing who we are and now that we’re in the area offering this service, it’s been really an uplifting experience to be welcomed like we have,” said Superior Ceramic Coatings Owner, Paul Ramsey.
Overall, people were just happy to be out again enjoying each others company without masks.
“Being able to not wear a mask again is great. And then just getting face to face with people,” said Ramsey.
“Oh it’s great to see it back, great to see all the people back again without masks,” Northwood Rifle Range Club Member, Jake Avery says.
The Fish and Game League event wrapped up on Sunday, with all proceeds going to fund the organization who’s main emphasis is on youth education and hunter and fisher safety, as well as scholarship opportunities.
“Real good energy, you bet. Fun watching these kids catch these trout. They’re having a ball over here,” said Avery.