Kids’ Casting Contest winners are announced

Kids' Casting Contest
Elizabeth Carlson, 11, was a study in concentration as she participated in the 10th Annual Kids’ Casting Contest Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Crawford County Fair, Gays Mills. Elizabeth, who is the daughter of Gene and Donnette Carlson, Prairie du Chien, was one of 88 registrants in the free contest sponsored by the Prairie Rod and Gun Club. (Photo by Cummings Photography)


Kids’ Casting Contest winners are announced Eight-eight children from 14 Wisconsin cities, towns and villages competed in the 10th annual Kids’ Casting Contest sponsored by the Prairie Rod and Gun Club and held Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Crawford County Fair at Gays Mills.  

“This tied the second largest number of entries in the history of this free event,” said Jerry Cummings, event chairman. Last year, there were 95 participants and in 2010 there were 88. “One unusual statistic this year,” Cummings said, “was that all registrants were from Wisconsin. Usually we get kids from three or four states.” Cummings added, “The Prairie Rod and Gun Club is happy to partner with the Crawford County Fair Board and with our generous sponsors who provide the fishing gear related prizes.”

The casting contest is one way for the Prairie Rod and Gun Club to promote youth sport fishing by learning the techniques of angling through casting, and by getting fishing gear in the hands of kids who, the club hopes, will continue to learn and enjoy the outdoor activity of fishing. “I’m really touched by the generosity of our sponsors and their willingness to support this kids’ event,” Cummings said. “It’s just another heartwarming example on how the Crawford County community is willing to support healthy, outdoor events for our children.” Sponsors, in addition to the Prairie Rod and Gun Club, included:  Cabela’s, Scientific Anglers and Ross, the Grant County Bass Club, Stark’s Sports Shop, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Dr. Philip Holzer, Edward Jones—Jeff Clausen, Prairie du Chien Gundersen Lutheran Eye Care, AnchorBank, Bob and Karen Irvine, and Pete Adkins.

Every child who entered the contest received a registration prize and the top scorers in each of the two older age groups, and winners by drawing in the 5 and under age group received some super prizes ranging from both fly rod and spin cast rod and reel combinations, fishing tackle and caps. In fact, every child who registered received a prize. 

The top finishers in each age group follow. Ages 11 to 15: Adam Martin, Prairie du Chien; Kelsey Achenbach, Eastman; Victoria Rose, Ben Teynor and Alexis Nolan, all of Prairie du Chien. Ages 6 to 10: Ryan Wall, Steuben; Chad Achenbach, and Tonia Clark, both of Eastman; Miranda Olson, Soldiers Grove; and Garret Baker, Eastman. Ages 5 and under: Noah Troester, Prairie du Chien; Skylar Scharlan, Viroqua; Irelynn Smethurst, Eastman; Jack Baranowski,, Onalaska; and Prestin Nolan, Prairie du Chien.

Contestants each had five casts to targets set up on a grassy field, and each target had points assigned based on the degree of difficulty and distance. A practice area was set up so contestants could get the feel of the competition. Rods were provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Prairie Rod and Gun Club.

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