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Dear Fellow Anglers,

Now is the time to sign up for the Wonderland Open. This year it will be an exciting event as Anthony Wright and FLW Outdoors will be handling the weigh-in once again. If you have not participated in this event in the past you are truly missing out. This is our 11th year and the prizes and payouts are second to no other tournament in the state.

Due to recent economic conditions, we are going to have to rely on increased participation this year to supplement lost sponsor money. If we do not get increased participation we will have to postpone the tournament this year. We are not willing to drop the prize money, as this is part of the major draw to this tournament. EVERYBODY who has fished this event in the past has had a great time and comes back to fish year after year. It would be disappointing across the board if we were not able to continue this tradition. In the past we have typically drawn about 110 boats, this year our goal is to draw 150 boats to make up for the decrease in sponsor contributions. For That reason This year we have a special offer for early sign-up. All contestants that have a paid entry submitted by July 15th will be entered into a drawing for (2) total car detailings and (3) oil changes! This is a value of over $550.

First place is worth $9,000 cash and if you are driving a qualifying Ranger or Stratos boat the prize money gets much higher in a hurry. There are also additional prizes for the top Mercury finisher, and the top Ranger finisher if they are ranger Cup qualified.

With over $33,000 in cash payout to the top 20 places everybody has the chance to win some serious cash. This year we decided to donate 10% of the entry money to benefit the family of Jeff Tyler. For those of you who knew Jeff, you understand when we say he can never be replaced. Jeff passed away this Spring after a short 6 week bout with cancer. This was very quick and quite unexpected. Jeff left behind his wife and two beautiful daughters. One of his daughters has special needs and this extra money we are donating is very much needed. So in addition to having a good time, you can sleep well knowing part of your entry fee is going to help a family in need.

You can visit our website at www.wonderalndmarinewest.com for an entry form. If it is more convenient you can also call Shelly at (800) 226-3050.
 

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Chris,
When will you know if the event is postponed? Are you looking to get 150 boat pre-paid and the event will be ON?
 

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QUOTE(markd @ Jun 17 2009, 09:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Chris,
When will you know if the event is postponed? Are you looking to get 150 boat pre-paid and the event will be ON?

Yes, we need to see 150 by July 15th to know we can still pull this together for this year. There are some good incentives to enter now rather than wait. Even if you do not know who you are going to fish with, get your money in and you can always give your partners info at the meeting.

We are hoping we can continue this tournament even in hard times, as you all know sponsorship in all forms has been cut drastically this year so we have to try to increase participation in order to make up the difference. Hopefully in the near future the economy will turn around and sponsorship moneys will return and this will continue to be the biggest and best tournament in the Detroit area.

What I am afraid of if we have to cancel even for one year it will be hard to get everyone coming back in the future.
 

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Have you thought of raising the entry fees like 26.00 per team @100 teams your looking at 2600.00$ In Ohio, dobass.com puts on a $10,000.00 team tournament every spring that locks at 100 teams each team pays like 320.00 and they fill up quick teams are paying over 400.00 to fish sbobt every year and many teams travel from here locally all the way to wisconsin to fish. that 26.00 per team is only 13.00 per angler at what fishing costs these days I do not se how that would be a big deal.

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We have considered that, but we have always tried to keep this as inexspensive for everyone as Possible. This year we had very large sponsors back out of Commitments after we already started taking entries so at that point we can't raise the entry Fee. We just need everyone that wants to fish this tournament and see it continue to get their money in ASAP. Even if you do not have a partner lined up we can take that information later.

As far as raising the entry, we may need to look at that for next year, but we hate to do that if we don't have to.
 
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