The 2nd annual Grand Mesa ice fishing contest hosted by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce was a big success this year drawing 52 entrants, nearly twice the number that participated last year.
"I was really tickled with the turnout," said event organizer Carol Jarbo (Creekside Bed and Breakfast of Cedaredge).
"There was also a good turnout of people from the Grand Valley."
First-place winner taking the $200 top prize was Bruce Buskin of Hotchkiss. His catch measured 20 1/8 inches in combined length and girth.
Second prize of $150 was taken by Mikka Keune of Montrose. Third place winner who netted $100 for his effort was Dylan Markley of Gunnison.
The 11-year-old winner in the children's division was Tessa Griffith of Crawford. She won a gift certificate for $20 donated by Sportsman's Warehouse.
In addition to the winners' cash prizes, there was a drawing afterward where participants collected another $200 to $300 worth of prizes. "Everyone was really happy about that," Jarbo said. This year there were as many pre-registrations (27) as there were total participants in the event last year, Jarbo noted.
Jarbo began a fishing derby at Kremmling when she and her husband, Terry, lived there several years ago. That event has grown over the years and now, "Its the biggest fund raiser their chamber of commerce does every year. They've given away snowmobiles and trucks and we started with over 100 participants," Jarbo said, adding, "The Parks and Wildlife ranger here said this event is just going to continue growing."blog comments powered by Disqus