The Ice Fishing Derby is one of Maple Lake’s oldest ongoing events, celebrating its 37th year in 2012. The tournament was originated by the Maple Lake Jaycees as a fundraiser for community projects. In 2001, the Maple Lake School District took over coordination of the tournament as a school fundraiser. In 2008, the Maple Lake Property Owners Association began coordinating the event to raise funds for the stocking of walleye and other lake improvements. The derby also includes an ice auger contest, an arctic plunge and features a wide variety of prizes donated by local businesses, along with major prizes awarded to anglers catching the three biggest game fish and the biggest pan fish. There is also a cash drawing and a fish house grand prize awarded to the holder of the 37th largest northern. A refreshment stand on the ice offers a variety of hot sandwiches, snacks and beverages, and there will also be a tent on the ice to enjoy refreshments. For additional information, call Greg Thomes at 320-963-3940.
The St. Patrick’s Day Festival, sponsored by the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce, is Maple Lake’s biggest event. The festival annually draws more than 5,000 spectators to town for the area’s first parade of the season. Set for the Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day, festival events include the Chamber of Commerce Craft Sale, the Irish Scamper and Fun Run, the Coronation of Maple Lake Ambassadors, and the Grande Day Parade, which has grown to more than 100 units. The parade is led by a Grand Marshal, Maple Lake’s highest honor, which recognizes residents for a lifetime of service to this community. The Irish Gala is set for the Saturday
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