MORGAN — Now in its eleventh year, the Eli Goss Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament reported a record turnout this year, raising over $16,000 that will go toward college scholarships awarded to local students.
Organizers say they knew this year was going to be big when after the first three hours of registration they saw as many people register as they had in total during previous years.
The event brought in 176 participants, including more youth than ever before.
“Several residents commented that they had not seen so much activity on Seymour Lake in a long time,” said Stephanie Goss, one of the tournament coordinators.
Goss says one of her favorite things to do during the event is providing free food to participants.
This year they handed out 80 breakfast sandwiches, pizzas, and hot soup on both days.
The outdoor awards ceremony on Seymour Lake included a free hot lunch, a silent auction, and both a prize and 50/50 raffle.
Participants from ages 3 to 63 participated in family tournament games which included the “Two Man Sled Pull” and 6 heats of the “Tip-Up Run.”
Organizers say that tournament hooded sweatshirt sales contributed a large amount to the scholarship funds, and they were able to sell all Eli Hoodies within two days following the event.
All of these combined efforts throughout the tournament resulted in just over $16,000 raised for the Eli Fund.
Goss says this allows them to increase the scholarship value and assures the necessary start-up costs for next year’s event.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS :
1st Place – Adam Pothier 4lb 7oz 23″ Salmon
2nd Place – Landon Morin 3lb 11oz 21″ Salmon
3rd Place – Dave Revoir 3lb 10oz 22″ Laker
1st Place – Parish Wiekel 4lb 12oz 25″ Laker
2nd Place – Emma Pothier 2lb 12oz 21 1/2″ Laker
3rd Place – Berkley Etheze 2lb 6oz 21″ Laker
LAKE MEMPHREMAGOG :
1st Place – Chris Vinal 11lb 12oz 32″ Laker
2nd Place – Grayden McCormick 8lb 11oz 28 1/4″ Laker
3rd Place – Cris Buckles 8lb 7oz 29 1/4″ Laker
1st Place – Blaine Vinal 8lb 3oz 30″ Laker
2nd Place – Emmet Stafford 6lb 10 oz 27″ Laker
3rd Place – Noah Shover 6lb 26 1/2 ” Laker
1st Place – Nakai Cusson 20lb 42 3/4″ Pike
2nd Place – Darrel Buprey 15lb 3oz 40 1/2 ” Pike