The Walleye Festival weekend marks the beginning of the busy summer season and Port Clinton kicks it off with the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival and family friendly events.
Main Street gives back
Local non-profit organizations will be helping to make the 32nd anniversary of the Walleye Festival the biggest and best event ever. Local groups will be volunteering in the Entertainment Tent all weekend long. Main Street Port Clinton encourages you to come to the Walleye Festival and support the following: Compassionate Friends, Goodwill, Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council, Leadership Ottawa County, the Oak House, Port Clinton Business and Professional Women and Port Clinton Rotary.
Craft Beer Night
A Craft Beer Tasting will be held at the Walleye Festival Entertainment Tent from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24. Presale tickets are $20 and may be purchased until May 23. Ticket price on Thursday, May 24, goes up to $25.
Each ticket enters you into the event and includes eight 3-oz cups of craft beer and pub snacks. Presentations by Distributor and live entertainment by Johnny Rodriguez. All attendees can be entered for raffle prizes for no additional cost.
A limited number of tickets are available. Presale tickets are on sale at the Main Street Port Clinton office and Slater’s Madison Street Pub in downtown Port Clinton, Waldo Pepper’s at 4046 E. Harbor Road, The Depot at 117 N. Monroe St. in Fremont and Time Out Sports Bar at 2005 Lake St., also in Fremont. Area Beer Club Organizers also have tickets.
Lighted Boat Parade
Main Street Port Clinton announces the first Lighted Boat Parade at the Walleye Festival over Memorial Day weekend. The Lighted Boat Parade is scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday, May 25. A rain date is scheduled for 9 p.m Sunday, May 27.
Boats will be assembling on the Portage River close to Coastal Marine, traveling under the Lift Bridge, past Waterworks Park and the Walleye Festival to City Beach and returning to the Portage River.
Boats are invited to submit applications, which are available at the Main Street office, 110 Madison St., or by calling 419-734-5503.
This year’s Walleye Festival Grande Parade promises to be better than ever with exciting talent and entertainment. The Grande Parade will be on Saturday, May 26 at 1 p.m. This year’s new and improved parade route, brings spectators even closer to the Walleye Festival and through the center of our historic downtown. The Grande Parade begins at the Port Clinton High School and heads west on 10th Street. North on Madison. East on Perry Street. South on Jefferson Street back to the High School.
“Everybody loves a parade, so whether you choose to participate or stand along the route and cheer for your favorite entry, I encourage you to come out and enjoy,” said Roseann Hickman, chairwoman of the Grand Parade. “I would love to see your civic organization, family or business enter this year’s festivities. Be a part of our great Walleye Festival!”
Parade applications are available at the Main Street office located at 110 Madison St., or by calling 419-734-5503.
Spike the yellow walleye, the mascot for the Toledo Walleye hockey team, will be swimming from Toledo to Port Clinton to attend the 32nd anniversary of the Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival. Spike, who will be 3 years old in July, will arrive at Waterworks Park on Saturday, May 26. Spike will be swimming in the Grande Parade that begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Toledo Walleye is a professional ice hockey team that is an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL.
The second annual Duck Pluck will be held on Monday, May 28, at Main Street Port Clinton’s 32nd anniversary of the Walleye Festival. Five hundred rubber ducks will be dipping, diving and drifting in a hot tub all weekend long enjoying music in the entertainment tent.
The ducks will be plucked beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday. Similar to a reverse raffle, the last duck plucked will receive one-third of the total jackpot. Other ducks plucked during the reverse raffle will win gift certificates and other prizes from area businesses.
Duck Pluck tickets are $10 each. The winner could take home $1,667 if all 500 tickets are sold. Participants do not need to be present to win. Winners will be contacted by phone the week of May 28.
The Duck Pluck is a fundraiser for Main Street Port Clinton and its effort to promote our historic downtown. Money raised from this event will go directly into downtown promotional activities, materials and marketing development.
To reserve your lucky duck, contact Main Street Port Clinton at 419-734-5503.