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South Dakota Walleye Festival

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PIERRE, S.D. – Reel in some fun at the first annual South Dakota Walleye Festival, August 29-31, in Akaska.

"This is a great opportunity to celebrate walleye fishing in South Dakota," said Dick Sorensen, committee chair for the South Dakota Walleye Classic. "This event is not just a fishing tournament, it’s something the entire family can enjoy."

The two-day event features an arts and crafts festival, popcorn fish frys, and chainsaw carving demonstrations. There will also be fishing seminars with the pros, a Kid’s Tourney, and ranch rodeo. Entertainment will be provided by the Johnny Holm Band, the Akaska Hee Haw Show and a karaoke contest featuring Gene Allen.

Special guests at the festival include South Dakota Fishing Hall of Famer Bob Propst, Sr. and wildlife artist John Greene. Greene will be auctioning off a painting being completed for the Walleye Classic.

"Lake Oahe, and its world-class walleye fishing, is a great asset to South Dakota," said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. "The Million Dollar Challenge funds provided to the walleye classic will help showcase this event to a wider audience bringing more people to Akaska and surrounding communities."

For more information about the first annual South Dakota Walleye Festival visit or contact Dick Sorensen at (605) 649-7970.

The Governor’s Million Dollar Challenge program is a part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota.