Carp Fest

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Carp King Bob Witt and Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director Mike Ulrich proudly stand next to Lucky the Carp on New Year’s Eve following the 17th annual Droppin’ of the Carp at Lucky Park on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. Ulrich said a great appreciation goes out to Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers at Hoffman Hall and to the Prairie du Chien Street Department staff. “We also greatly appreciate our sponsors: Prairie du Chien Tourism, Fuller Log and Lumber, Valley Fish and Cheese, Twisted Vision, Dan Gingerich, Design Homes, Leisure Time Sports Bowl and Banquet and the Prairie du Chien Eagles Club,” said Ulrich. Organizers include Carp Master Shawn Redman, Nate Gilberts, Tom Nelson and Mike Ulrich, along with Carp King Bob Witt. To keep this event going, the group will be looking for interested members for 2018. (Photos submitted)

The Early Bird Droppin’ of the Carp Party at Hoffman Hall drew a good crowd of parents, grandparents and children who enjoyed a variety of activities including arts and crafts, carnival games, noisemakers and hats, a pet therapy dog, and meet and greet with the Carp King and Queen. Lucky the Carp Junior was available to be kissed for good luck throughout the coming year. At left, Tristan the Magician wowed his attentive audience.

The crowd gathers ‘round as Lucky the Carp is lowered into place at the stroke of midnight.

Smoked carp samples were enjoyed by many at the Early Bird Droppin’ of the Carp Party Sunday.
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