The annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races are happening on Wednesday evening, July 21st. This annual Northwoods event is a fundraiser with the emphasis on FUN.
Legend has it that back in the 1970’s, different lodges along the Gunflint Trail would hold Wednesday evening canoe races during the summer months. A friendly competition between lodges, the races are now an important annual fundraiser for a very good cause.
“It is the major fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.”
That’s Melissa Anderson. She helped organize this year’s races and says there’s a lot more to do than just paddle a canoe.
“We have all kinds of things going on for everybody,” says Anderson. “There’s a food court with great goodies to eat while you enjoy the event, kids activities, there’s a bean bag toss, minnow races, and a casting contest. I believe we’ve also got kayak races for the kids. There’s a silent auction. And of course the raffle, the general raffle where we have over 200 items that we raffle off.”
Activities start at 4:00 p.m. on the waterfront at Gunflint Lodge on Gunflint Lake. Canoe races get underway at 6:00 p.m.
“We have all kinds of different events in the canoe races. There is a backward paddle. There’s a broken paddle. There’s different age groups. There’s a long distance paddle. So, there’s lots of ways for people to participate. It’s a really fun community event, and there’s good feelings among people because they know they’re supporting the local fire department.”
The Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department (GTVFD) is an all-volunteer full-service agency founded in 1992. The department currently has 39 members responding to medical emergencies, structure fires, and wildland fires in the Gunflint Trail area. To learn more, visit gunflint911.org
. For more information about the annual Gunflint Trail Canoe Races on Gunflint Lake, Wednesday, July 21st, call Melissa or Tom at 388-9495.