Reeling in fun at Family Fun Day

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Kristen Cook of Hubbard Lake helps her son Chase, middle, reel in a magnetic fish along with her sons Xavier, left, and Damon during the Brown Trout Festival’s Family Fun Day on Sunday.

ALPENA — The largest fish netted at the Brown Trout Festival’s Kiddie Classic on Sunday belonged to Aiden Aube, 11, of Ossineke. Aube caught a carp weighing 18.8 pounds.

When asked how he caught the fish, Aube replied, “with worms.” Aube was attending the festival with his family.

Aube was one of 66 kids between the ages of one and 14 to participate in the tournament. A total of nine kids placed in the competition with each kid receiving a trophy and a cash prize for their catch.

Isaac Senchuck came in first place of the kids division for ages one to five, Ava Winterstein came in second place and Sevi MacNeil came in third place for that division.

Blake Kuznicki came in first place of the kids division for ages six to 10, Jackson Birmingham came is second place and Henry Wirgau came in third place for that division.

Aube also came in first place of the kids division for ages 11 to 14, with his carp. Connor Sauve came in second place and Conner Mullen came in third place for that division.

More than 500 children turned out for family fun day, where kids were able to participate in hands-on activities at PNC Bank’s mobile learning lab, participate in an obstacle course and meet with area firefighters and police officers.

Laurie Schlueter, who was attending the festival with her granddaughters, said they decided to attend to see what was going on.

“We’re having fun,” she said during the event.

Kristen Cook of Hubbard Lake came to the event with her three sons so they could enjoy the day.

“They are having a blast,” she said, as the boys were catching some fish with magnetic fishing poles.

Festival President Peggy Donakowski said the family fun day is among the best attended events of the festival. Donakowski said they try to have something for all ages. The PNC Kiddie Classic tournament and Family Fun Day is something for the younger children to do.

“We have fishing for all ages, so this PNC Kiddie Classic fishing allows for this younger group to be able to fish for free,” she said.

Two teen nights are planned as part of the festival, with the first teen night being held from 8 to11 p.m. tonight and the second teen night slated from 8 to 11 p.m. on Thursday. DJ Max from 107.7 The Bay will be playing the music.

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.