Hanging on for fun: 81st NTF might have been one of ‘best ever’

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

Photo by Dennis Mansfield

Sgt. Blake Huff of the Kalkaska Department of Public Safety gets a free ride at the tail end of a steer during last Saturday’s shoot-dogging competition, just one of the fun-filled events on the National Trout Festival slate. Organizers reported that attendance at the event was double or even triple that of last year, despite chilly temperatures. 

KALKASKA – OK, so Mother Nature could have been more cooperative. But, high winds and chilly temperatures couldn’t stop the 81st National Trout Festival from being one of the “best ever,” according to organizers.

The festival started under cloudy skies, with a light rain also blanketing the area on Wednesday, April 26, the start of the five-day event that ran through Sunday, April 30.

“But, the opening ceremonies are inside,” said Deb Mooneyhan, chairwoman of the NTF Committee. “Friday and Saturday was great. And, it never rained on either of the parades.”

Thousands of people again lined Cedar Street for the annual Youth Parade on “Trout Friday,” April 28, and again for the Forest Area Credit Union Grand Royale Parade on Saturday, April 29.

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