August 01, 2013GROSSE POINTE FARMS AND CITY — A lot of fish are going to wish they stayed in bed the morning of Saturday, Aug. 10.
Many are destined to end up dangling from hooks cast into Lake St. Clair by hundreds of competitors in the 65th annual Grosse Pointe Farms-City Family Fishing Rodeo at Farms Pier Park, at the foot of Moross.
Boys and girls aged 17 and under living in either the Farms or City of Grosse Pointe are eligible to enter the rodeo.
“It starts at 8 a.m. and ends by 11:30 a.m.,” said Dick Graves, rodeo organizer and Farms resident. “That gives moms and dads plenty of time to spend the afternoon golfing, cutting the grass or taking a nap.”
Contestants and their families from the two communities present their park passes at the Pier Park gate for entry.
Every contestant gets a prize, averaging $30 in value, Graves said.
There’s no cost or registration fee.
A doughnut breakfast and hot dog lunch are free, too.
“Just show up with a fishing pole,” Graves said. “Everything else is provided.”
Trophies are awarded to residents of each city for catching the first fish, biggest fish and largest game fish.
The largest trophy is nearly 4 feet tall. It’s displayed at the park concession stand.
The schedule is:
8 to 9 a.m.: Free coffee, juice and donuts at the concession stand; prize tickets issued;
9 to 10 a.m.: Fishing rodeo;
10 a.m.: Free hot dogs, chips and pop;
10:30 a.m.: Presentation of awards and prizes.
Graves’ late father, Pointe police and fire fighters founded the rodeo in 1948.
“Here’s an opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and neighbors,” Graves said. “It’s like being in Mayberry for a few hours.”
Entire families attend.
“We are seeing a sharp rise in grandparents, aunts and uncles,” Graves said. “It makes sense. They fished as kids.”
Prizes for adults include restaurant gift certificates, electronics and a flat-screen television.
“You don’t want to miss this rodeo,” Graves said. “We have many special surprises to celebrate out 65th year. You may be taking home one of four $300 mountain bikes we raffle for free.”
The rodeo is held rain or shine.
“We anticipate having 1,100 people,” Graves said. “Even when it rains, we have about 1,000 people show up with raincoats and umbrellas.”
Free prizes, raffle items and food are possible due to sponsors.
“These are challenging times financially,” Graves said. “When it comes to children and tradition, this community and its sponsors do whatever it takes. It’s priority for them.”
Jack English family
Chris and Debbie Nesi family
Paul Nuccilli family
Lakeshore Optimist Club
St. John Providence Children’s Hospital
Crowther Carpet & Rugs
Bill and Connie Albrecht family
Sine & Monaghan Realtors
Ray Laethem Buick-GMC-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge
Dr. Frank Nesi
Connell Building Company
Irish Coffee Bar
Mark Sanford family
Chris and Sharon Mannino family
John Crowley family
Mickey and Kathy Kurap
Tom Graves family
Hala Besmar family
Jim Farquhar family
John Shook of Fifth Third Mortgage
Arbor Pro Tree Service
Alexander & Polen
William and Kelly Smith family
All Pointes Plumbing & Heating
Mike and Eddie Johnson family
Billy and Danielle Albrecht family
Cadillac Coffee Co.
Joe and Susan Schmitt family
City of Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe Farms
Robert Gorski D.D.S.
Greco Title Agency
Grosse Pointe Florists
Higbie Maxon Agney Realtors
Moe’s Bait Shop
Grosse Pointe News
Harper Sport Shop
Grosse Pointe Farms Boat Club
Jerry’s Club Party Store
National Coney Island
Farms Pier Park Concession Stand
Gary Wilson, counselor at law
“Chip” Gibson Painting
Healthy Living Medical Supply
Brian Potter family
Leo Beil family
Brian and Juli Suarez
Embree Sign Company
Gibraltar Trade Center
Whistle Stop Hobby Shop