Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 Troufest Results Summary

2012 Troufest Summary
7th Annual Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce TroutFest Sponsored by Jimmy's Roadhouse was a great success. The charity benefiting from this years event was Love INC - Newaygo Food Pantry. There were many people on hand participating in the Blessing of the Poles, thank you to Jon Riedel; Newaygo Congregational United Church of Christ, Kathy Groff; Newaygo United Methodist Church, Mary Frens; St. Mark's Episcopal Church; the 50/50 Bobber Races, Warming Fire with marshmellows, thank you Beaver Tree Service; Live entertainment from Sandra Bernard, Michele Mines & Kasey Hayden. Thank you to all those who brought canned goods to the park!

Photo's from the event can be found on the website


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The winners of the Art Contest -

Grades 9-12 - Kate Newton - 1st Place, Alicia Oswalt - 2nd Place

and Lexi Vilarreal - Honorable Mention

Grades 6-8 - Bonnie Chase - 1st Place, Kylee Chesley - 2nd Place and Molly Frisbee - Honorable Mention

Grades 3-5 - Ciera Twork - 1st Place, Shelby Wright - 2nd Place

and Sailor Goff - Honorable Mention

Grades K-2 - mackenzie Hurrle - 1st Place, Libby Young - 2nd Place and Kylie Ross - Honorable Mention

Thank You Jennifer Hurrle & Sherri Russell for all your hard work collecting, organizing and promoting these great works of art. We would also like to say Thank You to the following local businesses for displaying them: River Stop Cafe' River Stop Saloon, Parsley's Sport & Fly Shop, Little Caesars Pizza, Indian River Tobacco Traders and Jimmy's Roadhouse.

Raffle Winners

1st Place - Brent Jones

2nd Place - Keith Near

3rd Place - Tom Williams,

4th Place - Evelyn Miller

5th Place - Kristen Ray

6th Place - Tom Williams

The winners of the Minnow Eating Contest

1st Place - Rex Burkall - 59

2nd Place - Chad Notenbaum - 43

3rd Place - Mike Barres - 34

Thank you Hoffman's Guide Service, Wisner Rents Canoes, White Cloud Alpacas, and Cozy Inn for the great prizes to these daring minnow eaters.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Newaygo-Grant matchup the big winner in Muskegon Game of Week football poll

Newaygo-Grant matchup the big winner in Muskegon Game of Week football poll

, October 23, 2012 5:07 p.m.
Newaygo and Grant battle in action from a meeting in 2010. The two rivals will square off again Friday in the Game of the Week. - (
MUSKEGON – Game on between Grant and Newaygo.

The neighboring towns will battle it out Friday as the greater Muskegon area’s Game of the Week for the first round of the high school football playoffs.

The vote is in and the matchup is a landslide winner of the fan poll.

It won with more than 75 percent, drawing 1,349 of the 1,776 votes cast in the weekly poll.

The game drew a big interest in Newaygo County as the two teams did not play during the regular season because of Newaygo’s move to a new conference. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday at Newaygo.

Following behind were Oakridge-Buchanan (169 votes), Fruitport-Grand Rapids Christian (94), Muskegon Catholic Central-Vestaburg (70), Muskegon-Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills (69) and Shelby-Kalkaska (25).

We'll write a preview about the Newaygo-Grant game and cover it with two reporters to provide a variety of stories, photos and stats. We'll also be conducting a live chat - which will provide not only up-to-the-minute reports, but information on other games in the area.

This Friday's playoff game "Newaygo Lions vs. Grant Tigers" tickets can now be purchased in advance (during school hours) at the Newaygo High School's Main Office or Athletic Office.

This playoff game will be at Newaygo High School, 200 East Street  Newaygo, MI 49337.  Phone (231) 652-1646.

You can share on-the-spot information from other games as well as your comments about the Game of the Week or any playoff game.

Here are the links to the apps: iPhone and Android.


Newaygo vs. Grant playoff game for this Friday is now in the race for STATEWIDE game of the week on!!!

Everyone please vote once an hour until Thursday at 8!!!

Poll Results as of Oct 25th- Grant vs. Newaygo won the Statewide game of the week with 2,139 votes!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Things to do in Newaygo During the Winter


While we are all waiting for news regarding the 2013 Trout Festival events - We  encourage everyone to support the newaygo community by participating in these fun and family friendly 2012 winter events:

The Season of Hope Charity Auction - November 29th, 2012

This elegant evening of great food, fun and fund raising is for the benefit of Love INC, True North and the Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce. The food, beverages and atmosphere will make this event the best way to begin your Holiday Season.

Seating is limited for this special evening of fellowship, celebration and giving. Tickets are available on line or call the Chamber Office 231-652-3068 for $25.00.

Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce Presents “Christmas Walk” - November 30th, 2012

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” Well… not just yet, but the Holiday Season is fast approaching. The Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk is Friday, November 30.

Your Family will be mesmerized by the smell of chestnuts roasting, the clip-clop of horses up and down State Street as people enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride. The glowing brightness of the Christmas warming fire and the beautiful sound of Christmas Carols echoing throughout the stores and in your heart. Santa Clause has saved this date, as Newaygo is one of his favorite places to visit and Mrs. Clause will be here too.

Check the website often for a list of Merchant Specials and additional events will be coming soon. If you are interested in vendor space for Christmas Walk please contact the Chamber Office 231-652-3068 or email

ChoiceOne Bank Saint Nick Kick - 5K / 10K Run 5K Walk - December 1st, 2012

On your mark, get set, GO… and the ChoiceOne Bank Saint Nick Kick is off and running. The 10k/5k race will be held on Saturday December 1 at 10 am, starting in front of Pamida/Shopko near Plumbs. This is a fun race and the proceeds benefit the Cross Country Teams and Track Teams of Newaygo Public Schools. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the race under the warming tent and can’t wait to see the kids. Dress-up, come join the fun and cheer on the racers.

For more information and maps of this race visit:

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