For seven hours Sunday, crowds of people filled the Evelynn-Bishop Hall in Ione to kick off, what coordinators hope will be, an annual event dedicated to outdoors and fishing.
“It’s been busier than expected” said Jay Kelly, event coordinator and owner of Ione’s “Hookd” fishing store. Throughout the day Sunday, people of all ages gathered at the hall, some to check on the latest advancements in the local fishing market and others to enjoy the food and slew of other local vendors.
“It is a free event and [proceeds] go to some real great charities,” said Kelly. Inside of the hall, thousands of dollars in prizes were being offered.
“We have a ton of raffle prizes,” said Kelly, “anything from a small little bait or lure all the way up to a kayak.” Proceeds from the raffle were donated to both the Dennis Dalton Foundation, which allows local, under-privileged children to pursue passions in sports, and the Cops and Kids Foundation- which aims to better connect the Ione Police Department to its community.
The event was co-sponsored by Buy n’ Sell Press, Hookd, and Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. Coordinators say that they hope to bring the event back again next year and continue to raise funds for local charities.