Decoy carvers celebrated their handiwork Saturday at the 18th annual show hosted by the Park Rapids Chapter of Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association. The MDAA was organized to educate and teach the public about the heritage and methods of darkhouse spearing.
The Park Rapids club is one of 15 chapters across the state. Saturday’s event, held at the Park Rapids American Legion, featured 23 carvers hailing from Grand Rapids, Granite Falls, New York Mills, Frazee, Little Falls, Park Rapids and Brainerd, among others.
Skills varied from novice to expert. Mark and Cole Bethel’s decoys promise to “bring fish in or get wet trying.” The Park Rapids father-son duo marks five straight generations of woodcarvers in their family. MDAA members also held a raffle for the Community Fish House, which celebrates its seventh year on the ice this winter. Raffle prizes included guns, spears and a sonar device. Proceeds will cover insurance, maintenance, LP gas and plowing.
Volunteers and donations are still needed to keep the community fish house open. MDAA hopes to raise $3,000 total. For more information, contact Dean Hanisch at 218-252-0441.