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Two outdoor events top Saturday schedule

Family enjoys ice fishing -- Four generations of the Holm family braved the cold to spend time together on the ice Feb. 15 during Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend. While fishing on Ice Lake in Iron River, they caught a few small northern pike. George Holm, far right, has a home on Ice Lake; family member Pam Gasperini of Iron River is ready to fish; Norm Holm Sr. is seated, using a jig-pole; and Norm Holm Jr. of St. John’s is helping his son Logan ice fish.

IRON RIVER/CASPIAN—Snowmobiling and ice fishing are two popular winter sports in the area. This Saturday, Feb. 21, they are both highlighted.
    An ice fishing derby, sponsored by the West Iron County School Forest Club, will be held on Sunset Lake. A snowmobile hillclimb will be held at the old Caspian ski jump. The hillclimb is sanctioned by the Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers (MASTERS) circuit.
    Ice fishing derby registration will be at 9 a.m. at the registration shack located out on the ice from the Sunset Lake boat landing. The contest runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entrance fee is $7, which includes a free hot dog. All ages are welcome
     Concessions will be available all day.
     The angler catching the largest walleye will win $75, while the largest northern and perch will both earn $25 prizes. Other door prizes will be given as well. Fresh caught fish will only be eligible for entry.
      This annual fishing derby is a fundraising event for the West Iron County High School Forest Club. For more information, contact club advisor Joel VanLanen at 265-5184 during school hours.
      The club appreciates angler participation in the past years. Funds raised have made club projects possible. The club has used the funds to purchase supplies for maple syrup production, pay for a presentation by a herpetologist and purchase waders for river cleanup.
      Club members said, “Your support makes this event possible. Come on out for a fun-filled day.”
    Hillclimb snowmobilers will begin the competition at 10 a.m. at the old Caspian ski jump, located just east of the city of Caspian offices and sledding-ski hill.
    The hillclimb is the Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH) and is the first qualifying snowmobile hillclimb for this year’s World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyo. MACH sends the top snowmobile hillclimbers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa to the World Championships at the end of March.
     The hillclimbers compete in four divisions: pro stock, pro modified, junior and 120cc youth division. The winners of each class in pro stock and pro modified compete in the King of the Hill “shoot-outs” that take place at the end of the competition.
    Vehicle parking is $10, and fan admission is $5. Gates will open for the fans at 9 a.m., with the pits opening at 8. The awards ceremony and the chance to meet and talk to the drivers will be Saturday night at Snipe Lake Pub. The  ceremony will take place 90 minutes after the King of the Hill trophy presentation.