8/11/2017 7:28:00 AM Boulder Junction's Musky Jamboree, Aug. 11 to 13
Dean Hall/Lakeland Times
The car show is just part of the Musky Jamboree festivities.
The Musky Capital of the World is celebrating 61 years of Musky Jamborees this summer, from Friday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 13, with a variety of activities each day.
Friday, Aug. 11
Friday, Aug. 11, the Department of Natural Resources is holding a "Learn to Fish Musky Workshop" at the Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.
After the workshop, head out with a mentor (local guide, musky club member or WDNR staff) to fish in the afternoon. Attendance at the classroom workshop is a prerequisite to attend afternoon fishing. Space is limited to 12 to 15 participants for the mentored outing. Gear will be provided; participants are welcome to bring their own gear.
For questions or to register, contact conservation wardens Kelly Crotty at 715-528-4400, ext. 111, or Bradley N. Dahlquist at 715-478-5610.
The festivities kick off at the Friday night street party, from 7 to 10 p.m. with live music by Hip Pocket at Coontail Corner. American Legion Post 451 will serve beverages during the entertainment.
Saturday, Aug. 12
On Saturday, Aug. 12, the Boulder Junction Historical Society will host activities including historical presentations, a brat and BBQ luncheon, raffles and a bake sale, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center, along with guided tours of Boulder Junction's Historical Museum and Depot.
Guides and fishermen alike will enjoy Buckshot Anderson's stories of fishing and fishing guides in the Boulder Junction area. The Northwoods Wildlife Center will also be present to show turtles and talk about rehabilitation of turtles when brought into the Wildlife Hospital. Talks begin at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Boulder Junction Area Historical Society. Donations appreciated.
New this year on Saturday is the Best Fish Fry Cook-Off at various outdoor downtown locations. From 3 to 5 p.m. or until the fish runs out, vote for the best fish fry prepared by local residents. Winner will be announced Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at the Main Street Stage at the Musky Jamboree.
Grab a bite to eat and head back out to Coontail Corner for the Polka Fest, featuring Spotlight Polka Band from 6 to 9 p.m. Boulder Junction Lions Club will be serving beverages on Saturday night.
Sunday, Aug. 13
Sunday's tradition of closing Main Street for a full day of activities continues. Handicapped parking and shuttle service is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The day will begin at the Boulder Junction Baseball Park with the Musky Fun Run 5K and 10K race with registration at 6 a.m. and the race begins at 7:30. Advanced registration is recommended. Registration is $30 and kids' races are free.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., over 150 artists fill Main Street and Hwy. M South at the Musky Jamboree Arts & Crafts Show including furniture, fine art, jewelry and many other handcrafted items. Additionally, the Lions Club Flea Market will be held on the Community Center grounds. Local service groups and area restaurants will line the streets with food and beverage concessions.
Be sure to vote for favorite automobiles at the 26th annual Musky Day Car Show, sponsored by Boulder Beer Bar, the 4x4 Mafia and O'Reilly Auto Parts. This show is a chance for new and experienced competitors to shine. Many new categories added this year, including a motorcycle class. Registration is $15. Car Show awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m. with the 50/50 raffle winner following the awards.
In the Musky Capital of the World, fishing takes center stage with a Kids Casting Contest presented by Northern Highland Sports & WE Energies from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All children 14 or younger are encouraged to show off casting skills and compete for prizes. Prizes awarded at 2:15 p.m.
Be sure to stop by the Meet the Guides booth next to the Kids Casting Contest area for tips on fishing. Meet some of the local guides as well as the Musky Classic Tournament coordinators who will be displaying Musky artwork submitted by North Lakeland Elementary School students for the fall tournament's logo.
Children will also enjoy the Kids' Zone on Hwy. M South, with rides and games including a Bungie Jump, Shoot & Shower Basketball Game, Bounce House, Goldfish Toss, Dunk Tank and Train Rides.
Make sure to look up between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Musky Day Fly-In. Held at the Payzer Memorial Field located two miles north of Main Street, watch the numerous colorful planes of all varieties take off and land at the airport on Boulder Lake.
Live music by Sharon Iltis and the Musky Jam will grace the Main Street stage from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and DJ Ty will be outside the Boulder Beer Bar all day.
For detailed information about the Musky Jamboree or for general information about Boulder Junction, visit boulderjct.org or call 715-385-2400.