The Fifth Annual Walleye Ice Fishing Challenge took place Jan. 26 on the Great Sacandaga Lake, with weigh stations in Mayfield at Lanzi's on the Lake and at the Broadalbin Boat Launch. This winter's conditions made for ideal fishing conditions and a great day. The tournament once again was a sell-out with 1,500 fishing enthusiasts. About 54 percent of participants came from outside of Fulton County, including participants from seven states. These participants spent money in our county on hotel rooms, fishing supplies, fuel, bait and tackle, food, refreshments and much more. We are grateful to all of them, their families and friends for making our county their destination on that day, and hopefully, they will return to Fulton County on many more occasions.
The continued success of this tournament would not be possible without the help of our entire Fulton County community and its businesses - Bartyzel Inc. and Budweiser, Frank's Gun Shop, Frank & Sons Body Works Inc., the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and its dedicated staff, the great staff and family at Fuel-N-Food, Lanzi's on the Lake, Powerhouse Motorsports, All Seasons Equipment, County Line Auctions, Final Reward Trophy, Doherty Window, Kingsboro Lumber, Greenscapes, Ross' Bait Shop, Jim's Bait Shop, Dave's Bait Shop, Beebie Printing, R & D Contracting, the town of Broadalbin, the town of Mayfield, the town of Northampton, the town of Edinburg, the New York State DEC, Maria and Beaver Ross, Denise and Nancy Stutzke, Jack Belknap, Ron Barnes, Rick Coyne and many other individuals who helped in many ways to make this a great event.
We are thankful to all of these businesses and individuals. And we are thankful to our Fulton County residents, who welcome with open arms these and thousands of other visitors as they explore the great resources of Fulton County.
and GINA DaBIERE-GIBBS
Director of Tourism, Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce