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Grand View Lodge Gearing Up for 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener

Grand View Lodge Vamping Up for 2014 Governor’s Fishing Opener The last time Grand View Lodge hosted the Governor’s Fishing Opener (GFO) was in 1976 with Governor Wendell Anderson. Thirty-seven years later, we are again honored to be the host for this kick-off celebration for summer tourism May 8-11, 2014.

The GFO provides the Brainerd Lakes community with an opportunity to highlight local fishing and other recreational activities, businesses, and several points of interest. It has an estimated value of one million dollars of media exposure, which will be extremely beneficial for promoting future tourism in the lakes area.

As the 100 year anniversary of Grand View Lodge is right around the corner, this event has the opportunity to bring in “300 plus media personalities to the grounds of Grand View Lodge to cover not only the Fishing Opener, but also highlight the area’s long standing history,” said Frank Soukup, Director of Marketing at Grand View Lodge and GFO Co-Chair

The weekend also includes several exciting events for both Grand View Lodge guests and participants of the Governor’s Opener and locals alike.

Grand View Lodge Vamping Up for 2014 Governor’s Fishing OpenerThis year is the first time the Kid’s Fishing event is held over two consecutive days for more than 130 kids. Garfield Elementary of Brainerd and Nisswa Elementary School 4th graders will be participating in several enriching educational experiences both in their classrooms, and at the fishing event located on the beach of Grand View Lodge on Gull Lake. These events are sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources MinnAqua Program and will not only deepen their knowledge about fishing and the eco-system, but also their respect and love for Minnesota’s natural resources.

Grand View Lodge Vamping Up for 2014 Governor’s Fishing OpenerThe public is invited to the free community picnic on Friday, May 9, in downtown Nisswa. The town of Nisswa will close its Main Street for this event, which is estimated to draw more than 5,000 people. The picnic festivities start at 4pm and include various family-fun activities, food, vendors, giveaways and live entertainment featuring Minnesota’s own Gear Daddies starting at 8:30 p.m.

Grand View Lodge Vamping Up for 2014 Governor’s Fishing OpenerAlso, the boat raffle drawing will be held Saturday evening for the $38,1110 valued Larson 2014 FX1750 DC boat provided by Larson Boats. You can buy a $5 raffle ticket at Grand View Lodge, the local chambers and other sponsoring locations. Find a complete list of sponsoring locations by visiting winthisboat.com.

The Governor’s Fishing Opener is truly a celebration of the community. Come enjoy the festivities and be a part of the kick-off celebration for summer! For more information, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.mngovernorsopener.com.

World’s Largest Charitable Ice Fishing Contest

World’s Largest Charitable Ice Fishing ContestMark your calendars for the 24th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake in Nisswa, Minnesota this January 25, 2014. Join more than 10,000 anglers as they vie for fabulous prizes, including a truck, all-terrain vehicles, ice fishing equipment and so much more! Click here to see a list of all prizes up for grabs.

Friday night, enjoy a Kick-Off Party at Grand View Lodge from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. featuring liquor, beer and wine tasting, appetizers, a silent auction, raffles, games and music by DJ Walzy for only $35 per person! Saturday’s fishing contest will start at 12:00 p.m. and commence with an award ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on Hole-in-the-Day Bay. Click here to see who and what catch made last year’s leaderboard!

If you’re thinking about dropping a line during this great event, check out our Ice Fishing Extravaganza package with accommodations starting at $180/night. Not only will you get deluxe lodging with breakfast daily, but you’ll also have access to FREE, PRIVATE shuttles to and from the Fishing Extravaganza event, along with admittance into the Grand View Lodge Guest-Only Hospitality tent where you warm up with some great food and beverages. Not only that, but guests will have access to the plethora of other amenities and activities currently available during the weekend. Click here to see a current schedule.

The Extravaganza is a special one-of-a-kind event! Since 1990, this signature event of the Brainerd Jaycees generates more than $1-million in revenue for area businesses and more than $200,000 for over 45 Brainerd Lakes Area charities. Not only that, but the event is completely volunteer-ran and organized and has received national and international recognition in Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, ESPN The Magazine, and MSNBC just to name a few.

If you’re interested in helping out the Brainerd Lakes Community and using your fishing skills to win some great prizes, drop us a line and reserve your lodging today. Limited space is available!