(I apologize for the seeming break in posts but my laptop was/is in the process of going to computer heaven and any readers who have experienced the same may be able to empathize, or not.) I proceeded across Minnesota and stopped in Wisconsin for an overnight along HWY 8 at the Hawkins, WI Lions Club Park which I wasn't too impressed by and so won't review. The next day I continued along HWY 8 into Michigan's Upper Peninsula then north on Michigan HWY 95 to the small township of Republic, Michigan. Republic has a campground on the west edge of the town that allows free camping AND provides 15 amp electrical hookups. I figured I'd be one of the two or three campers for the mid-July weekend.....wrong again!
|Just in time for the 24th Annual Republic Fishing Derby!|
Every mid-July for 24 years the town sponsors a fishing derby with prizes for the largest catches like $1000 for the biggest Walleye and $500 for the biggest perch. Needless to say prizes of this magnitude brought out the anglers (this year estimated to be over 400) and their families, along with their RVs.
|No chance of getting lonely with close-by neighbors!|| |
The focal point of the Derby was an outdoor covered picnic area that doubled as both the prize award area and the food vending --great brats!
|Prizes and food made the structure in the background the Derby focal point.|
Republic has bodies of water on the north, west and southwest sides and the water was pretty thick with fisher-folk.
|School Lake, to the southwest of Republic.|
The Derby had fireworks Saturday night and a band called the "Slamtones" that people were street dancing to-- a beer tent might have given an assist to the latter activity.
I had an excellent time at the Republic Fishing Derby and all the carryings on. The town itself was pretty hard hit back in the nineties when a nearby mineral mine shut down. With the recent skyrocketing copper prices there was constant reference among the Derby-ites to a new copper mine a company called Eagle was planning on opening, which will provide a huge economic boost to Republic's economy. Check they town's website for the timing of next year's 25th Republic Fishing Derby, it's a bonus to the free camping the town offers!
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