Lions to host fish derby festivities this weekend

By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

The 48th edition of Lionfest will draw a crowd to Port Washington’s lakefront this weekend for plenty of homegrown music, food and a fishing derby.

The fishing derby and free festival will open Friday afternoon and continue through Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park.

Activities at the park will have a decidedly family feeling, organizer Mark “Red” Mueller said, with a different layout than in the past.

The music will also have a local feeling as many of the bands hail from the area, he said.

“That’s the whole concept of Lionfest. This is a very family oriented event,” Mueller’s brother Dave, another organizer, said.

Port native Regan Surges, who is studying music in Nashville, will take the stage at the bandshell Friday from 2 to 4:30 p.m., followed by Kid Ego, a band playing modern classic rock, which will play from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Advance, a two-man band, will perform from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. with Left on Sunset, a local favorite, playing from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Midlife Oasis will play classic rock and country from noon to 4 p.m.

In addition to music, the fest will have a children’s area near the park shelter with two bounce houses, a snow cone machine and bubble machine. The Port High and Port Hoops girls basketball teams will staff the area from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Food, including burgers, brats, fish, shrimp and fries, and beer, soda and water will be available for purchase, and there will be raffles held throughout the weekend.

The fishing contest starts at midnight Saturday and goes through midday Sunday. Dave Mueller said the Lions Club is looking forward to showcasing the new fish cleaning station at the marina during the event.

Participants must purchase a $25 ticket for the tournament, where prizes for first through third places will be given in five categories — chinook salmon, coho salmon, lake trout, brown trout and rainbow trout.

The winners will be placed in a drawing to determine the grand prize winner. The grand prize is expected to be about $1,200.

A variety of raffles and door prizes will also be given out.

Tickets are available at the marina, Drew’s True Value and The Bait Box.

The Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have representatives on hand to measure the fish and, if they are clipped, remove the clips so they can use the data they contain for their studies, Mueller said.

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