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Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival
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As described on the History page, the Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival is more than a fishing derby. It is a chance for families, friends and visitors to get together and have an enjoyable time.
What makes the event more than a fishing derby? Follow the parade that begins in downtown Nipigon and finishes at the arena. While you’re at the arena, make sure you enjoy the booths, raffles, food, entertainment and prizes. If you feel like getting some fresh air you can go geocaching, go outside and watch a baseball game, take in the antique car display, participate in races or test your skills in the Firemen’s Challenge. If you need a chance to relax, come on over to the curling club and see some fish being entered. Later in the afternoon, you can grab something to eat at several locations and take in the dance if you like. On Sunday evening don’t forget about the entertain-ment and firewords t the waterfront.
*Check out the Schedule Page for a complete listing of events during this year’s festival.
The Nipigon Fall Fishing Festival was founded around 1964 when Tom Chesney, then President of the Nipigon Legion met with Harold Lumsden and Jim McCullough and first discussed the idea of having a Nipigon Fishing Festival. Their plan was to develop an event that would not compete with other local fishing derbies, and their vision was to develop something that was more than just a fishing derby. They added the word festival. And the Labour Day weekend would be the perfect weekend to hold the event.
At a General Meeting of the Legion a canoe race, flour bag lift, community dance, ball tournament, and booths were added, and the and the first “Legion Fall Fishing Festival was in place in 1965. Three days of fun and excitement were planned, and the budget for the inaugural event was set at $700.00. The first committee members included Ed Leskinen, Gene Linard, Stan Gordon, Lorne Oliver, Ike Mutch, Roe Skillen and Harold Lumsden. Over the years John Ahl, and many more Legion members have helped keep the festival going. Others such as Glena Clearwater, John Harding and Matt Saari also contributed to the longevity of the festival. For years the festival was run by the Legion based on their motto “Service to the Community”. It is ironic how some things do not change.