2004 Peter Mitchell Days starts with prom, history, Walleye Whamma fishing contest

by Nick Wognum

Buy your button, grab a schedule and get ready for the 2004 Peter Mitchell Fun Days in Babbitt.<BR><BR>Events start this Friday with the and continue through Sunday, June 27.<BR><BR>Two new events have been added and each will debut on Friday night. The first is a history program at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Center. The history of Babbitt will be presented by Marvin Lamppa. <BR><BR>Then at 7:30 p.m. it’s the Senior Citizens Prom with live music for those 50 and up, also at the Municipal Center.<BR><BR>Saturday brings the fifth annual Walleye Whamma fishing contest. Held on Birch Lake, this event has been popular with both locals and visitors with prizes totalling over $9,000.<BR><BR>The top walleye caught in Birch Lake will fetch $1,500. And, the anglers who finish in 10th, 30th and 40th place will each win $1,000.<BR><BR>Other prizes include a bar donated by Kasson, a pontoon for a day donated by Timber Bay, a Floe trailer donated by Jimmy Z’s and a MinnKota trolling motor donated by Shore Lunch. <BR><BR>Those interested in participating should register by June 16 to take advantage of the $20 entry fee. After Wednesday, the fee is $25. <BR><BR>The fishing contest gets underway with a shotgun start at 11 a.m., a sight to see in itself. Fishing ends at 4 p.m. with all fish registered by 4:30 p.m.<BR><BR>An award ceremony for the fishing contest will be held Saturday night at Tank’s Bar beginning at 7 p.m. <BR><BR>Recreational boaters should be aware that the Babbitt Beach public landing will still be open but that a shuttle service will be in place to and from cars and boats.<BR><BR>For swimmers, the Babbitt Beach will be closed on Saturday for safety reasons. <BR><BR>The Miss Babbitt contest starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19 in the JFK High School Auditorium. <BR><BR>Competing will be Jessica Ann Harris, Raquel Angelique Freeman, Charlene Marie Haapala and Amber Paige Akemann. <BR><BR>Sunday starts the Business Softball Tournament with games played across from the Bryant Center at the main entrance to Babbitt. <BR><BR>This year there will also be a Home Run Derby. Look inside for more information on the derby. <BR><BR>Peter Mitchell Days then builds up over next week with numerous events before the main weekend.<BR><BR>Fireworks, Kid Again Fun Shows, races, a golf scramble, the famous rover radar run, bocce ball and a parade are all part of the following week’s activities in Babbitt.