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First Annual BayFest Brings Waves of Excitement To Bay City!

First Festival of Summer 2009 In Pictures!

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By: MyBayCity Staff

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Complete Anglers Insight Marketing Saginaw Bay Walleye Tournament results are available here: AIM Leader board Results
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The professional anglers came out competing in the inaugural Anglers Insight Marketing Saginaw Bay Walleye Tournament this past weekend. The brand new festival drew quite a crowd for it's first year!

Professional anglers were very satisfied with the "catch-record-release" system and believe it will definitely be the way of the future.

Brumbaugh and other anglers participating in the tournament used digital cameras to record their catches, transmitting them back to the tournament's headquarters in Veteran's Memorial Park in downtown Bay City. The fish were then released back into the bay. The three-day fishing extravaganza in Vets Park featured a sport and outdoor expo, boat test rides, hands-on activities for kids and opportunities to meet and mingle with professional walleye anglers.

The weekend activities also featured a Celebrity Chowder Challenge of which took second place, judge's choice!

The Anglers Insight Marketing, or AIM, is an angler-run circuit in its first season. The digital photographs and electronic weigh-ins are part of the circuit's "green fishing" initiative. Photographs of fish caught are converted to pounds for electronic weigh-ins conducted at the end of each day's competition. Most anglers Friday weighed virtual "baskets" of seven walleye totaling about 20 pounds. Complete results are available here: AIM Leader board Results

Forty five of professional walleye fishing's most prominent anglers were involved in the tournament, which awards a first prize of a whopping $27,000!

Highlights of the BayFest festival included nightly entertainment in the Vets Park beer tent, sponsored by Miller Lite! The Sinclairs, Steele Wheels and Bob Hughes delighted the crowd Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday, the BayFest Shoot-out Pro-Am was featured where twenty-five lucky fishermen got a chance to fish with the pros on the Saginaw River for a chance to win a top prize of $1,000.

(Above) The Sinclairs Band performed on Friday, May 22, 2009. Below is Dennis Beason, lead singer for the Sinclairs showing off his "stuff"! (MyBayCity Photo by Julie McCallum)

(Above) Organizer, Wendy Dore along with friends smile for MyBayCity cameras. (MyBayCity Photo by Julie McCallum)

There were plenty of Outdoor Activities & Crafts for Youth. The Bay City State Recreation Area led a number of outdoor activities for youth including those designed to teach and entertain.

On Saturday & Sunday, young anglers tested their skills at competitions like Minnow races, - Name that Fish,- a Kid's Casting Tournament,crafts included making fishing lures, fish windsock and decorating a fishing hat.

A free rod & reel were given away to children courtesy of Covenant Health Care.

Many fishing activities were available to those in the tournament or simply visiting the festival!
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Steele Wheels performed Saturday to a more than anxious and appreciative crowd!
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The "Famous Gary" from Cleveland Ohio was onsite whipping up his fabulous fried items for all to enjoy! Gary is well known in Bay City for attending the Labadie Pig Gig in August!
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"Lil Star" therapy horse was onhand for youngsters to enjoy!
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Celebrity Chowder Challenge Judges included, Senator Jim Barcia, State Representative Jeff Mayes and the sponsor of the event Tom Williams from Bay Port Fish Company
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