Friday, September 16, 2011

Grand Opening of the HarbourDome Tonight

The new Harbourfront Tent is up in Kenora! After planning for a year or two and actual construction since last fall, the new Harbourfront tent (HarbourDome as some are calling it) is up and will be used by Canadian legends Blue Rodeo tonight, September 16th, 2011. Below are some progression photos I've been taking during construction. The first photo is of the old tent which is to the left of the new tent if you are looking at it from the water.

Kenora Harbourfront - The old yellow and white tent

 Kenora Harbourfront - Just before the top is to go up
 Kenora Harbourfront - Lifting the tent

Kenora Harbourfront - Top of tent is attached

Kenora Harbourfront - Top of tent is up!

Kenora Harbourfront - Tent sides are up.

Ready or not, here we come! Tonight Blue Rodeo will christen the Kenora Harbourfront tent. Kenora's own Fat City will open for Blue Rodeo. See you there!

So back from the concert. The tent is awesome! It's way bigger than the old yellow and white tent. I was near the back and the sound was great even back there. Only draw back is that they ran out of beer too early. lol. It looks way bigger inside than it does from the outside. Great job Kenora! Here's a photo of Blue Rodeo and inside of the tent. I didn't bring my good camera, so it's iPod quality. I'll see if I can upload a video tomorrow.

Blue Rodeo rockin' it in Kenora.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Get Hooked on the Rainy River Walleye Tournament

Who will catch the biggest walleye in 2011? Courtesy of Gateway North Outfitters

The Town of Rainy River is looking forward to the Rainy River Walleye Tournament  held September 22-24, 2011. With an overall purse of $43,450.00 and a champion prize of $15,000 you can have fun and maybe win some big money too! The tournament is not only of interest to anglers but has a schedule of events that is for the entire family.

The Parade of Boats kicks off the tournament on Thursday at 4:00pm. The tournament anglers are treated to a Fisherman's Dinner at 5:00pm on Thursday with an Official Tournament Rules meeting afterwards. Beer gardens open at 7:30pm. There is a traditional fish fry on September 23th, a steak fry on the 24th that are open to the public. New for this year will be a market under the tent; you can do a bit of shopping while waiting for the anglers to weigh-in. The daily weigh-ins are the highlight of this event. See some big fish caught by tournament participants and experience the anticipation and excitement this always brings.

Anglers take off on Friday at 8:45, 9:00 and 9:15am. Saturday they leave a bit earlier, at  7:45, 8:00 and 8:15am. Watch the weigh-ins on Saturday beginning at 3:15pm and then stick around for the Awards Presentation and the Rainy River Junior Curlers Boat Draw. Tournament Boundaries will be from markers at Wheelers Point at the mouth of the Rainy River to markers at Long Sault Rapids east of Stratton on Canadian Side of Border

Brian Ney and Jim Ney won the RRWT in 2011 - Courtesy of the RRWT
Last year Brian Ney and Jim Ney won the Rainy River Walleye Tournament. The top 15 anglers in the Rainy River Walleye Tournament win cash prizes. There are also prizes for 2 different hidden weights on both days, a parade prize, River Champ, Day One and Day Two Big Fish and the Lionel Roberts Memorial Award Largest Basket of Tournament.

Watch the Rainy River Walleye Tournament's Facebook page for updates and results or visit the Rainy River Walleye Tournament Scoreboard. Visit Sunset Country's website to see a listing of other fishing tournaments in Northwestern Ontario.


Rainy River Walleye Tournament Top Ten Results Day 1:
  1. Oliver Gibbins & Jason Gibbons - 15.48 lbs
  2. Christian Armstrong & Mark Nault - 10.61 lbs
  3. Dave Armstrong & Darren Armstrong - 10.55 lbs
  4. Troy Kreger & Doug Kreger - 9.37 lbs
  5. Harvey Cochrane & Peter Gushalak - 8.60 lbs
  6. Michael McQuaker & Matt Ivall - 8.40 lbs
  7. Dean St. Pierre & Brian St Pierre - 8.22 lbs
  8. Doug Jorgenson & Allan Wolanicki - 7.90 lbs
  9. Lisa Stone & Raymond King - 7.77 lbs
  10. Kirk Wood & Jon O'Conner - 7.7 lbs

Oliver Gibbons & Jason Gibbons win the 2011 Rainy River Walleye Tournament!!! The top ten after day two are as follows:
  1. Oliver Gibbons & Jason Gibbons - 22.96 lbs
  2. Dan Armstrong & Sean Kilpatrick - 19.16 lbs
  3. Lisa Stone & Raymond King - 18.00 lbs
  4. Christian Armstrong & Mark Nault - 17.75 lbs
  5. Dave Armstrong & Darren Armstrong - 15.65 lbs
  6. Kirk Wood & Jon O'Conner - 14.47 lbs
  7. Doug Jorgenson & Allan Wolanicki - 13.83 lbs
  8. Kevin Marchuk & Tom Briggs - 12.46 lbs
  9. Troy Kreger & Doug Kreger - 12.27 lbs
  10. Sean Westman & Dave Oldakowski - 11.01 lbs

    For complete results see the Rainy River Walleye Tournament Facebook Page