COON VALLEY, Wis. (WXOW) – The 9th annual Coon Creek Trout Fest served up fun in the sun for a cause Saturday.
People came from all over the area, enjoying a pancake breakfast, raffles, music, and the event’s namesake stop, youth trout fishing.
Families and friends flooded the creek banks from Saturday morning into the afternoon hoping to get a catch.
Kids clocked in fish for fun but also for a chance to win prizes thanks to Coulee Region Trout Unlimited.
The event did more than open the door to a good time. Money raised from Saturday’s event helps repair local flood damage sustained mostly from Coon Creek. The creek overtook Coon Valley Veterans Memorial Park where Trout Fest was hosted just last week, washing away benches, grass, and parts of the walking paths, making event set up difficult.
“It’s a little trickier, we had to do a little clean up so we could get down to the fishing hole so we could plant the fish. The park doesn’t look as good as it should, but we still go on,” Trout Fest organizer Carol Olson said.
Olson explained the event gives everyone a chance to put repeat flooding out of their minds, and get together as a community while giving back directly to the park attendees stood in Saturday. Funds gathered will go towards park restoration or potentially park relocation.