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Alexandria chosen for three-day ice fishing event Jan. 4-6

Explore Alexandria Tourism recently announced that Alexandria was chosen to host a 2019 Open Qualifier Ice Fishing Tournament through the North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAIFC) on Jan. 6.

The tournament, which will take place on Lake Darling starting at 8 a.m., is part of a three-day event that starts on Jan. 4 with a meet-and-greet at Ollie’s Service on Broadway in Alexandria. The public can meet professional ice anglers and members of team USA, along with taking in demonstrations from them that day. A workshop on the fundamentals of ice fishing runs from 5:30-7 p.m. before a technical education class from 7-8:30.

On Jan. 5, the NAIFC will host the SIF high school competition starting at 8 a.m. and running until noon. Those who wish to enter that can register on Jan. 4 at the meet-and-greet at Ollie’s or visit www.NAIFC.com.  

After the high school competition, an ice fishing kids camp will be hosted. The camp will start indoors at Ollie’s from 1-2 p.m. where kids will get a free fishing rod and learn about ice fishing. They will then head to Lake Agnes in Alexandria to fish and learn from the NAIFC pro staff members. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather. The kids camp will have food and drinks available while supplies last.

The circuit’s three days in Alexandria will wrap up with the tournament on Jan. 6 on Lake Darling. The top-five places automatically qualify for the NAIFC Championship.

The NAIFC Tournament Series qualifying season begins in January and lasts into March, with the series championship held the following December.

Each of the six to nine qualifying tournaments in states across the ice belt is a three-day event, with two days of educational opportunities like those on Jan. 4-5 in Alexandria. The tournaments have a maximum of 100 two-person teams at each stop.

For more details on all of these events in Alexandria, visit www.ExploreAlex.com/events. Additional information on the NAIFC can be found at www.NAIFC.com.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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