It’s time for Royal’s annual Ice Fishing Competition!
Royal Fire Department will host the 34th annual competition on January 15 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Grove Lake.
Royal Fire Chief Gary Ober is looking forward to a good day on the lake, and encourages people to come out to the calcutta as well.
“We have the calcutta on Saturday night in (the Royal auditorium and that’s where teams can sign in and we also have a barbeque,” said Ober. “We’ll feed you and have refreshments there, and that’s where most teams sign in.”
Food will be served at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, and the calcutta will start at 7:30.
Sign up fees are $30 for every two-man team, and teams can also arrive at Grove Lake early on Sunday morning to sign up.
All teams will meet at the north end of the lake on Sunday morning before going out to fish at 9 a.m.
Cash awards and trophies will be given to winning teams, and trophies will also be awarded to the oldest fisherman, youngest male fisherman and the youngest female fisherman.
All proceeds from the event will go towards a new pumper for the Royal Fire Department.