Lake of the Woods “Pay It Forward” Charity Event for Veterans Set for August 20-22

Ron Schara and Terry Tuma

Baudette, MN  (August 12, 2015)  Lake of the Woods Tourism announces the 2nd annual Pay It Forward charity event, a 3 night/ 2 day fishing extravaganza for injured and disabled veterans, is set for August 20-22, 2015.

Veterans will have the opportunity to enjoy The Walleye Capital of the World in comfort and style.  Veterans will stay for three nights and fish for two days at premier area resorts utilizing their facilities, charter boats and Coast Guard Licensed Captains.  All lodging, fishing and meals are donated as well as community events and entertainment each day and night.

A number of celebrities and media plan on being part of the event and rubbing elbows with veterans including MN Fishing Hall of Famers Ron Schara and Terry Tuma.  In addition, a variety of outdoor media will be present for the events.

“Lake of the Woods resorts, businesses and the community have done a nice job of coming together to create this great event that honors, appreciates and celebrates veterans, giving them a chance to experience The Walleye Capital of the World.  This event provides the chance for veterans who may never have the opportunity to experience some world class fishing and the area we know of as God’s Country,” explains Joe Henry, Executive Director of Lake of the Woods Tourism.  “The ‘Pay It Forward’ event for veterans and WalleyeFest event, a local community celebration, come together Saturday night, August 22nd at the Lake of the Woods County Fairgrounds in Baudette for a traditional walleye fish fry with all of the fixings, a short program followed by the band the Groove Merchants, featuring the 2014 MN Blues Performer of the year, Jimi “Prime Time” Smith.   This event brings together deserving veterans, celebrities, sponsors of this event and certainly, the entire Lake of the Woods community in one big celebration.  This event is open to the public and we hope to fill the fairgrounds,” explains Henry.

August fishing at Lake of the Woods is famous for good numbers of walleye as well as trophy walleyes.  Fishing so far in August has been excellent and should continue throughout the month.  “We are excited for our guest veterans to enjoy a fishing weekend and pull in some nice walleyes with other veterans on us.  For what they have sacrificed for our freedoms, it’s the least we could do.”

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and greatly appreciated.  For more information, contact Joe Henry, Executive Director of Lake of the Woods Tourism at 320-260-7727 or by email at [email protected].