St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament
11th Annual Tournament Dates: August 15-17, 2013.
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Tournament Runs Thursday – Saturday, August 15-17
CANTON – The 11th annual St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament kicks off on Thursday, August 15th, with 122 young anglers representing several Northeast states, Canada, and a range of local and New York State communities.
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The tournament is for boys and girls ages 11 to 18, who will fish along a 30-mile stretch of the St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg to Massena and compete for more than $7,000 in cash prizes and trophies.
Registration is from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Madrid-Waddington Central School, followed by opening ceremonies and the Mort Backus & Sons Carp School, then a festival and fishing bank-side at Whittaker Park in Waddington from 5 to 8 p.m.
Fishing happens Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (with a noon to 1 p.m. break for lunch), and again on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with a noon to 1 p.m. break).
A pizza party, sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, will be held at 6 p.m. and followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m., all at Madrid-Waddington Central School. The public is invited to attend.
The catch-and-release tournament is hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Dale Vallance of Madrid, who racked up back-to-back wins in the 2009 and 2010 tournaments, is this year’s Grand Marshal.
Young anglers who are registered include many New Yorkers from out-of-county, plus several from Ontario, Michigan, Illinois, and Connecticut.
The 2013 tournament is being supported by countless volunteers and the following sponsors: the Acoustic Brothers, Artworks Creperie & Gift Shop, Ares Ham Radio Operators, Cape Air, Carp Angler's Group, Casella Waste, City of Ogdensburg, Coles Creek State Park, ENV North Agency, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, FISHCAP, Great Northern Printing, JC's River Run, Jim & Dot Locy, Kunoco IGA, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Massena Savings & Loan, Mike's Trophies, Mort Backus & Sons, Marukyu, the New York Power Authority, North Country Savings Bank, Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority, Ostrander's Bed & Breakfast, Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, Pizza Hut of Ogdensburg, Potsdam Specialty Paper, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, Seaway Smokehouse, Stewart Shops, Sullivan's Office Supply, Time Warner Cable, Town of Louisville, Town of Waddington, Village of Waddington, and the Waddington Chamber of Commerce