Walleye drop new and improved

Lots of changes are in store for this year’s Walleye Madness at Midnight event in downtown Port Clinton. More entertainment has been added to the lineup and a second stage will be erected just for music. Kids events are expanding For information about Walleye Madness at Midnight, visit as usual, Wylie the Walleye will drop to Madison Street to ring in the new year, but even he doesn’t look the same.
A few months back, the 15-year-old fiberglass fish got more than $3,000 in upgrades including fresh paint, a new cradle and updated signage. Wylie’s fuzzy counterpart, who can be found walking around the event waving at revelers and posing for photos, is also getting a new look, to be unveiled that night.

“The whole event is going to be upgraded,” said Don Clemons, chairman of the Walleye Madness committee. “We are really looking forward to the whole thing.”
The drop will be held at the end of Madison Street by the river and vendors will be set up inside and outside the Port Clinton Fish Co. where a fish fry will also take place. Children’s activities — including the band The Wannabes — will be set up inside Mango Mama’s this year.
A new sound system will be employed to make sure announcements can be heard clearly and the fireworks show will be moved closer to the festivities.
Clemons, who owns America’s Best Value Inn, said his hotel and others are already booked and the committee has taken calls from people as far away as Australia, Virginia, Toronto and South Dakota.
“It looks like this year will be bigger than the past,” he said. “It’s not only good for my business but for all the businesses in Port Clinton.”
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Schedule of events
4 to 6 p.m.: Family Fun Center at Mango Mama’s — The Port Clinton High School Key Club is offering a variety of fun, challenging and free games that will entertain and excite kids as they wait for Wylie’s appearance.
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Touch a Truck — Step out side, meet the firefighters and get a chance to crawl around, honk the horn and see how the big fire trucks work.
6 p.m.: Kids’ Drop — The early edition of the Walleye Drop held inside Mango Mama’s
6 p.m. to midnight: Street Vendors — On the street and inside Port Clinton Fish Co. guests can shop for Wylie Walleye items like the Walleye Mardi Gras Beads, get a fresh perch and/or walleye sandwich or pick up a hot beverage.
6 p.m. to midnight: Live Music — from Snake Eyes, The Wannabes and The Spring Break Band
6 p.m. to midnight: Hourly 50/50 raffles — Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 or 20 for $10.
8:30 p.m.: Rock-Paper-Scissors Contest — Open to all ages, the classic Rock-Paper-Scissors Challenge pits friend vs. friend, family member vs. family member, neighbor vs. neighbor. Preliminary rounds will be held starting at 9 p.m. in the Family Fun Center at the Port Clinton Fisheries with the final round held on the main stage as midnight approaches.
10 p.m. to well after midnight — Main stage activity and entertainment

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