Port Clinton dries out, carries on with Walleye Festival

Jun 2, 2021 | Around Ottawa County, Featured | 0 comments

A potent nor’easter plowed into Port Clinton last Friday, burying Port Clinton and the Walleye Festival at Waterworks Park in up to 5 feet of water (above). Five roads, from Perry Street to State Route 2, were closed on Saturday. So was the Walleye Festival, the chance to go walleye fishing and most people’s hopes for the Memorial Day Weekend.

With water pumps at full flow, Port Clinton city crews managed to dry out the downtown area. The Miller Ferry was hauling crowds to Put-in-Bay again on Saturday. On Sunday (below), the downtown pubs and restaurants opened, the brand new Music on Madison Entertainment Stage kicked off its inaugural season.

Amazingly, the carnival rides at a sodden Waterworks Park were twirling again.

President Nicole Kochensparger of the host Main Street Port Clinton will have Walleye Fest Part II on track for Thursday through Sunday (June 3-6), carnival rides included. The Skipper Bud’s Kids Fishing Derby has been moved to this Sunday, June 6 at Derby Pond in Waterworks Park in Port Clinton. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and fishing will begin at 12:30 p.m.

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