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Last year’s annual Orono Lions Club Carp Fishing Contest at Nelson Lakeside Park. (Submitted photos)

The Orono Lions are planning to bring back their annual Carp Fishing Contest, Doggie Dog Day Race, a disc golf tournament as well as working the beer garden at this year’s Buckhorn Days at Nelson Lakeside Park on Saturday, July 13.

The day will kick off with the Carp Fishing Contest, a tradition that has lasted more than 20 years, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. with registration beginning at 6 a.m., shotgun at 7 a.m. and weigh-in by 12:15 p.m.

There are both adult and youth divisions. Admission is free for children under 12 competing in the youth division, and $20 for all other participants. Door prizes are available for all participants.

“Our participation, weather permitting, has slowed down so we’re trying to get more people. We’re hoping to get more participants piggybacking off of Buckhorn Days. We have a lot of prizes donated from various different organizations. By entering you get your name in a raffle and you get a prize...if you’ve caught a fish or not,” Orono Lions Club president Bradley Hansen said.

Cash prizes will be awarded for various divisions. First place for largest carp will receive $100, second place will receive $75 and third $50. Smallest carp in the youth or adult division will receive $25. All carp entered are caught by hook and line. Participants can fish from shore or by boat. All proceeds from the contest will benefit the Lions Club.

Hansen said they tried having the event stand on its own as well as piggybacking off of Corn Days, but the carp are less likely to bite after June.

“It’s all about habitat; taking the fish out of the lake. It all works for everybody involved to clean the lake up. It’s an environmental thing,” Hansen said. “Carp is something you catch and throw away. They’re a ground feeder. They’re a dirty fish and they pollute the waters.”

The afternoon will kick off with the Lions Club’s second annual Doggie Dog Day Race. Owners can bring their furry friends to the park to enter the 50-yard sprint. Doggie fans are welcome. Registration is from 12-12:45 p.m., with the first race beginning at 1 p.m. All dogs are required to be on a leash while in the park.

There are five classes dogs can participate in. The open class is available to all dogs and all breeds. Little Big Shots is open to small dogs up to 12 inches tall. Lucky Dog is open to medium sized dogs up to 24 inches tall. Big Hot Dog is for breeds 25 to 48 plus inches tall and the Senior class is open to all dogs who are age 10 or older. The winner gets a cash prize for first and second place as well as doggy medals. All proceeds from the race will go towards the Leader Dog and Animal Humane Society.

“We are bringing a lot of flavor to Buckhorn Days this year with the carp fishing tournament, a doggie day race and we’re also doing a disc golf tournament,” he said.

Last year, the Lions Club built a disc golf course at the park. This will be the first annual disc golf tournament.

“It’s really a nice professional course,” Hansen said.

Registration for the tournament begins at 1 p.m., with games going from 5-7p.m.

The Lions Club will also be running and volunteering at the beer garden tent. All proceeds from the tent will be given to the Lakes Area Chamber.

For more information on the Orono Lions Buckhorn Days participation visit oronolions.org or call 612-965-0153.

The schedule for all events at Buckhorn Days includes:

• 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Orono Lions Carp Fishing Contest

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Car show

• 12 p.m. - Vendor Fair booths open including food and the beer tent

• 12-4 p.m. - Kid Zone opens

• 1-2 p.m. - Doggie Dog Day Races

• 2-5 p.m. - Bingo in the Lions Pavilion

• 1:30-10 p.m. - Music by the Swing and Big Band, The Roger Dumas Band, Le Caw, Stampede

• 5-7 p.m. - Disc Golf Tournament

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