Another edition of the Flin Flon Trout Festival gets underway soon, with the first event slated to start early next week.
The Trout Festival will get going with the annual fishing derby, running from May 29 to noon June 29. Prize categories will take place for four species of fish - walleye, burbot, northern pike and, of course, trout - caught anywhere in Manitoba or Saskatchewan between the 54rd and 55th parallels. Top prize in any of the four categories is $1,500, along with mystery length and mystery lake prizes, a junior category and other prizes.
Hundreds of lakes are covered within those boundaries. In Manitoba, that boundary runs roughly from Clearwater Lake at the southernmost point to Kisseynew Lake in the north - on the Saskatchewan side, that goes from as far south as Cumberland Lake to the far northern portions of Jan Lake and Deschambault Lake.
All entries must be submitted by photo, measuring with a special Trout Festival measuring tape - all people entering must have a valid fishing licence and purchase a ticket before entering the contest. Entries can be sent to flinflontroutfestival.com before June 29.
Next will be the Trout Festival carnival, which has been moved from its traditional time near Canada Day to June 2-4. The carnival rides, games and refreshments will be housed on Einarson Avenue in Creighton, near the Creighton Sportex, and will be open from noon to 10 p.m., weather permitting.
From there, the festival will move throughout June with sporadic events, including three main hub days - June 27, 30 and July 1.
June 13 will feature an event at the Flin Flon Skatepark - a demo by Winnipeg-based skateshop Sk8 Skates, starting at 5 p.m. National Indigenous People’s Day celebrations, organized by the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre, will take place at Rotary Park June 21.
A pair of events will take place June 24, including a disc golf tournament at Creekside Park during the day and the annual Fish Fry party at the Flin Flon Community Hall. The Johnny’s Social Club house band will be performing and the Flin Flon Arts Council will organize the event.
June 27’s activity will focus around Main Street. Like last year, Flin Flon’s main drag will not be officially closed off, but four events will happen around the area - the Flin Flon Fire Department’s Beat the Chief will start at 4 p.m. on First Avenue, with a community barbecue at 5 p.m. at the nearby Pioneer Square. Buskers will perform on Main Street at different locations up and down the way from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., while a new addition, the Water and the Wild Street Market, will have its first of two openings around Main Street that night.
On June 30, the party starts at the Hooter at 1 p.m. with a fish fry dinner party and live music by The Mix, then will move to around Ross Lake. For the second year in a row, the Ross Lake Regatta will take place from 9 p.m. to around midnight, where boats, canoes and kayaks can be launched into Ross Lake. At midnight sharp, the annual Canada Day fireworks display by the Flin Flon Fireworks Committee will take place, with boaters able to see the show from the water from a safe distance.
After everyone gets a chance at some sleep, Canada Day will see a long slate of events, starting with the Flin Flon Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast at Rotary Park from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. The Trout Festival parade will take over the streets at 11 a.m., running from Green Street through Flin Flon and on to the Creighton, where more activity will be based around the Creighton Ball Diamond. The ball diamond area will play host to Canada Day celebrations from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., with another edition of the Water and the Wild Street Market, a food truck event at the Sportex nearby and a show-and-shine car show at Creighton’s Pizza. In Denare Beach, Beaver Lake Day will take over its familiar spot July 2, running from noon to 7 p.m.
The Trout Festival will have two more events post-Canada Day to wrap things up - a pig roast by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 73 and the Trout Festival Open golf tournament, taking place at the Phantom Lake Golf Course.
More information can be found at the festival’s website at flinflontroutfestival.com.