Fishing event set to take place near Old Town

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By Erik Sargent

Old Time Lansing staff writer


The event logo – Photo by Erik Sargent


Old Town – Members of the Old Town Community will get a chance to satisfy their fishing needs when the Grand American Fish Rodeo sails into town this summer.

The event is set to take place this summer from June 12-14 and will be held in the Grand River at Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park, which is located just a mile away from downtown Old Town.


Map of Adado Park – Photo by Google

“I’d never heard of anything like this,” said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. “When you went through all of the phases, the first thing that came to mind was fun. It’s fun and it’s cool.”

Terry Terry of the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art and Jack Schripsema of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau were on hand with the mayor to make the announcement of the event.

“This is a great opportunity for Greater Lansing,” Schripsema said. “I encourage our business community to take the bait and partner with us on this event.”

The event will have a large list of activities for people to participate in, everything ranging from fishing to boating, whale watching san diego, casting contests, cook-offs, outdoor movies and live music.

Along with all of the activities that are available for people, award ceremonies will be held for the winners of the contests.

The founders of the event said the main targets for the event are fishers and local residents, they are also looking to attract people from all over the state and rest of the country.

“We want to get Lansing on the map,” Terry said. “This is a grand idea, this is not a local neighborhood event.”

People involved with setting up the event are working together with Michigan’s Department of National Resources to help stock the river with fish so the events are possible.

While the event isn’t going to be held until the summer, people are taking notice to the idea of the event and are showing interest.

“I think it sounds like a cool idea,” said senior marketing major Corey Borowski. “It sounds like an event that could be fun for all sorts of people, even those who don’t fish.”

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