First Mustang Ice Classic Feb. 16 on Lake Sarah

Posted from Friday, January 04, 2019 through Friday, February 15, 2019

The inaugural Mustang Ice Classic will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 on Lake Sarah.

This first-ever ice fishing contest will feature over $20,000 in sponsorships and prizes, according to Mike VanDrehle, Alumni Director and event organizer.

“We thought this would be an opportunity for the many ice fishing enthusiasts to participate in a new event in the area. Ice fishing is a popular winter activity in southwest Minnesota and this is a chance to get out on the ice and raise scholarship dollars for SMSU students.”

Registration is from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a mandatory rules meeting.  Fishing runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and an awards ceremony will follow.

Cost for the event is $35 for pre-registration through Jan. 31, and $40 after that. Children 15-and-under pay $10. Tickets are available by phone, online or on the day of the event. Each participant may fish two holes per ticket. A commemorative lure is included in the ticket price.

There will be prizes for many categories, including first fish, largest fish, smallest fish, and random fish throughout the contest. “The categories will not just reward the biggest fish,” explained VanDrehle. “We want all participants to have an equal opportunity to win something during the day.”

The first 150 to register receive a complimentary Runnings 5-gallon pail at the event.

A raffle will also be a part of the Mustang Ice Classic. Raffle tickets are $20, and are available through the SMSU Alumni/Foundation offices, and at Runnings, Action Sports, Wood Lake Lumber, Jonti Craft, Hy-Vee and the Escape Spa in Marshall.

The grand prize is a Polaris 450 four-wheeler. The raffle drawings will take place after the event concludes.

Event sponsors include the SMSU Foundation/Alumni Association, Vexilar, The Escape Spa, Runnings, Jonti Craft, Gambler Bar, Hy-Vee, Wood Lake Lumber, Action Sports, Action Arms, Action Trackchair, Bend Rite Fabrication, Country Enterprises/C.E. Signs and Designs, Northern Lights Rattle Reels, Precision Marketing Concepts and Southwest Insurance Service, J&R Electric, Heaven on Earth and Catch Cover.

For further information, to to, or contact the SMSU Alumni/Foundation office at 507-537-6266.

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