Sponsors of the 2021 Where’s The Fishing Raffle


Gold Level ($1500 or more)

Citizen’s National Bank

Park Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau

Park Rapids Ford

Paul Bunyan Communications

Smokey Hills Outdoor Store

Thelen’s Concrete Products

Thielen Motors

Up North Power & Sports


Silver Level ($1000 or more)

Ackerman Plumbing & Heating LLC

Arvig Communications

D-S Beverage

United Food & Commercial Workers Union


Bronze Level ($500 or More)



Jay Pike – Edward Jones

Lamb-Weston RDO

Leading Edge

Nei Bottling

Northview Bank

Pine Manor

Press Release


February 1, 2021


American Legion Fishing Derby

Fishing Canceled - Raffle is still on!


This coming weekend historically is a big weekend in the Park Rapids Lakes Area with the American Legion Fishing Derby and Raffle. However, due to the State of Minnesota Covid-19 restrictions, the ice fishing contest will not be held. Under current State of Minnesota COVID-19 restrictions, events are limited to no more than 250 people. Traditionally, the American Legion Ice Fishing contest draws thousands of enthusiastic anglers to fish each year. With the limitations in place, it is not possible to host the annual fishing event. Mark your calendar for next year, February 5, 2022; always the first Saturday in February.


The Raffle is still on!


In the spirit of the event, the American Legion is holding a “Where's The Fishing” Raffle. Over $100,000 in prizes will be drawn at 8 PM on March 19, 2021. Raffle Tickets are being sold at $40. Last year was a sell-out, so get your ticket early. Only 5000 tickets to be sold. License #A00220-001.


When making the decision to cancel the fishing part of the event, the American Legion concluded:


Hosting the annual ice fishing derby limited to less than 250 anglers just does not make that part of the event viable. Accordingly, the Fishing Derby portion of the event was canceled for this year and the decision was made to proceed with the annual raffle. A later date was selected for the raffle drawing in the hopes restrictions will be relaxed so that a larger group of supporters can safely gather together for the raffle drawing.


Tickets are available at the Park Rapids American Legion and many locations in Park Rapids & surrounding areas. To find a ticket location near you, go to:




Only 5000 tickets to be sold. Persons need not be present to win raffle prizes. No one under the age of 18 may purchase a ticket or win a prize. Tickets are for sale at the American Legion in Park Rapids and numerous ticket outlets throughout Minnesota. For additional details contact the Park Rapids American Legion at 732-3360 or online at: parkrapidsamericanlegion.com or americanlegionderby.com

The American Legion Ice Fishing Derby is a ice fishing competion in Park Rapids, Minnesota. Large prizes are up for grabs at this ice fishing derby. We also have a raffle, with large prizes even if you are not fishing. 

Ice fishing competition, Ice fishing derby.

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