Kiwanis to serve up 23rd Annual Smelt FryThe days of smelt wrestling may be gone forever, but the Kiwanis Club of Cloquet will host its 23rd Annual Smelt Fry from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. This year the event has been moved to the Cloquet Armory, 801 Highway 33 S., so there should be plenty of room for everyone.
There are many still around who remember standing hip-deep in the waters of Lake Superior or one of its tributaries, dipping nets into the cold waters of mid-April and hauling dozens of silvery smelt up to the shoreline before warming up by the campfire and trekking back in.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, that heyday in the 1960s and ’70s yielded buckets of fish for literally thousands of netters amidst the almost party-like atmosphere of the annual smelt run.
Though those days of the prolific smelt population are largely over, our appetite for smelt is still very much intact. And so, take heart — there is one tradition that is going as strong as ever.
Next Thursday, April 25, the Kiwanis Club of Cloquet will host its 23rd Annual Smelt Fry from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This year the event has been moved to the Cloquet Armory, 801 Highway 33 S., so there should be plenty of room for everyone.
The event is open to the public. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids age 12 and under. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member and are also available at the door.
The Kiwanis Club of Cloquet is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to “changing the world one child, and one community, at a time.”
For more information, contact Cordy Swanson at 218-390-0132.
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