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The Orillia Perch Festival start date has again been delayed because of the province-wide lockdown in Ontario.

The Perch Festival now is scheduled to start on June 5 and run to June 26.

The Perch Festival has gone virtual like many other events this year because of COVID-19. The festival runs for three weeks (22 days) and averages about 3,500 anglers. Go to www.orillia.com for updates.

This year is the 40th Anniversary of the Orillia Perch Festival, and it is full of opportunities to win amazing prizes, with more than $80,000 in cash and prizes available to be won.

The approach is different this year. You still fish to win, only now you will submit a picture from your cell phone of the fish you caught to be eligible to win. This qualifies you for a daily draw, a weekly draw, and the Grand Prize draw and for catching a Tagged Perch.

There is still only one submission per day. There are 22 days to go fishing and enter your daily catch.

To register and to find the rules and regulations, check out a printable virtual Perch Book with all the info and prizes and sponsor information. It is available at www.orillia.com.

The website has an app that you download to your cell phone which then becomes your registration form. Your phone also will allow the festival to identify you as one of the winners of the draws and/or a Tagged Perch.

Each day you fish you must register your daily catch before 7pm to qualify for the draws that day.

The Orillia Perch Festival remains a great opportunity for both young and old to get outdoors safely. Participants have a very large area to do their angling this year. Fishing areas include Lakes Simcoe, Couchiching and all the waters in Simcoe County.

Orillia Perch Festival organizers say fishing is a unique sport and encourages participants to get outside and fish safely. Fishing creates good quality time together and the memories that go with that. They increased their fishing footprint to promote social distancing, as well as putting the Orillia Perch Festival book online and making it printable to reduce physical contact.

The Orillia Perch Festival Adult Grand Prize is a fishermen’s dream and is especially attractive in that boats are extremely hard to find this year. The Adult Grand Prize Award is a LUND Custom Fishing Boat including a Cummins Tonneau Cover, Minn Kota 55lb Bow Trolling Motor, Humminbird Helix 5 / GPS with trailer and a 50 HP Mercury Outboard -- all valued at more than $30,000!

Registration costs $5 per child and $25 per adult. For more information, visit  www.orillia.com  where you can read an online booklet, look into registration details, and read updates.

The more days you fish the more chances you have…Just Fish to WIN!

Article courtesy of the Orillia Perch Festival.

Photo by Tony Bellissimo

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