Chetek residents and area visitors are encouraged to support local organization Walleyes for Chetek and attend their annual Labor Day weekend raffle drawing and party Sunday, Sept. 1. 

The event will once again take place at Gilligans beginning at 2 p.m. and will feature a variety of raffle prizes, including gun raffles, paddle raffles, various door prizes, silent auction items, a kayak giveaway, Green Bay Packers tickets, music and more. Two special Owen Knutson Memorial fishing rods, along with a Yeti cooler, a Traeger pellet grill and several other items, will also be raffled off. 

Now in the 17th year of the organization’s existence, Walleyes for Chetek relies on funding from the event to purchase large fingerling walleyes that are stocked into the Chetek Chain of Lakes annually.

To date, Walleyes for Chetek has purchased and released more than 90,000 large fingerling walleyes at a cost of approximately $163,000. 

Be sure to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win this year’s grand prize of $2,000. Prizes will be awarded through 15th place and will also include a $1,000 Walmart gift card; one pizza a month for a year from Chetek Lanes Event Center & Pizzeria; one meal per month for a year from Gilligans; $250 in Chamber Bucks, sponsored by Sather Family Dental; one pizza a month for a year from Pokegama Lakeside Tavern & Grill; a $200 gift card to Caddy Shack; one fish dinner per month for a year from Red’s; a one-day, one-night cabin and pontoon rental on Long Lake from Big Catch Fishing Expeditions; one quarter chicken dinner per month for a year from Phill’s; a full-day pontoon rental from Lake Country Marina; a $100 Rod & Gun Sport Shop gift card; $100 toward a mount from Cro-Bar Taxidermy; a half-day guided fishing trip from Up-Der North Guide Service; and $50.

Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket or $20 for a book of five tickets. Tickets are currently being sold at many Chetek resorts, as well as the following area businesses: Gilligans, Skippers, Rod & Gun Sport Shop, Off “R” Rockers, Caddy Shack, Pokegama Lakeside Tavern & Grill, Red’s, B & B Bar and Grill, Phill’s Bar & Grill, Lynda’s Lakeshore, Pokegama Lakeside Tavern & Grill, Sassy’s, Chetek Lanes Event Center & Pizzeria, Brass Rail, Mary’s Cafe & Pub, Cameron House and more. Prizes will be drawn at 7 p.m. Prize winners do not need to be present to win.

Guns that will be raffled away include a Sig Sauer P320 9mm, a Taurus 66 .357 mag and a Thompson Center Compass 6.5 Creedmoor bolt-action rifle.

Walleyes for Chetek will also be selling a variety of apparel at the event, such as T-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, sweatpants, leggings, shorts, Flexfit and snapback caps, window decals, coozies and tumblers.

All of the funds raised through the sales of raffle tickets and additional donations go toward the purchase of walleyes to be stocked in the Chetek Chain of Lakes, as well as other projects such as Fish Sticks, new fishing regulation signs and upgrading boat landings.

Those interested in donating items to be used as door prizes or in the silent auction can send them to Walleyes for Chetek, Attn: Josh Akins, 2609 8-1/4 Ave., Chetek, WI 54728.

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