RRWT set to cast off this Friday!
By Ken Johnston
The RRWT has both returned to its traditional roots this year and has added some new twists to its repertoire of fun for everyone!
Event Chair Wes Blight said that the tournament has returned to its traditional days of being a Saturday and Sunday tournament after several years of being a Friday and Saturday tourney. "The committee thought this was a good move," said Blight.
For the first time ever the tournament will not be offering a boat raffle. Instead they have changed things up. A 60/40 cash draw is being held.
RR KidSport is hosting the raffle and if all 3,000 tickets are sold 60% of the take will be awarded as follows: 1st (30%) $4,500, 2nd (20%) $3,000 and 3rd (10%) $1,500! The balance will go to KidSport.
To celebrate the tournament's 15th birthday an entertainer has been added to provide a magical and lasting impression on audiences. Magician Steve Chmara will hold shows Friday evening (for adults) and Sat. afternoon (for families).
New this year, the RR CIBC will host a Run for the Cure BBQ at 11:30 am on Friday at the bank.
The boat parade will be Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. with boats coming down Main St. towards the river.
Saturday morning 180 anglers (90 teams) will begin competing for the $15,000 first prize! "We adjusted the departure times to try and avoid problems we had with fog," explained Blight.
They will leave the dock at 8:15, 8:30 and 8:45.
There will be plenty of activities both days under the tent while the fishermen and women are out on the water. They include silent auction, food vendors, a kids derby (Sunday), face painting, etc.
There is also a dance Sat. night featuring Pop Vegas.
Weigh-ins are 5:15 p.m on Sat. and 3:15 p.m on Sun.
Following the awards presentation and crowning of the 2013 RRWT champs there will also be an auction of two tickets to a Winnipeg Jets game. All proceeds will go to tournament expenses.
"All our organizing has gone well, but we still need volunteers to help out in a variety of capacities. People can sign up with Michael Pedri at CIBC," said Blight. "You can help as much as you like. A few hours or more... it all helps!
Lance Lindal has been retained again this year as the Official Weigh Master.
"I am hoping for good weather and that the anglers bring in lots of big fish!" said Blight.