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The Fish House Festival is set for Friday near the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

By Chad Koenen


There will not be a shortage of art and festivities in front of the Cultural Center on Friday. 

The seventh annual Fish House Festival will be held in front of the Cultural Center beginning at 9 a.m. when artists begin painting two fish houses. 

Each artist will paint a one-of-a-kind design on the fish house. The fish houses can be won through both a raffle ticket for $10 apiece, just 200 tickets will be sold, or through a live auction that begins at 6:30 p.m. in front of the fire hall. The grand prize in the raffle will be a Ron Hamm custom painted spear house with the second prize being a half-day guided fishing tour by PT’s Guide Service. Third prize will be Lund Boat branded gear.

Also starting at 9 a.m. will be the annual decoy show and wildlife art show at the Cultural Center.

From 1-4 p.m. there will be a variety of activities like live music, sidewalk chalk art, family games, food and drinks, as well as “Art in Your Park” arts and crafts in the Cultural Center. 

The youth decoy painting will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. in which people can paint their own wooden fish decoy. There is a maximum of 20 participants and it is recommended for people ages 10 and above. There is a $5 charge and people can preregister by contacting 385-3339. 

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Above: The Fish House Festival will get underway on Friday morning near the Cultural Center. Below: Friday will include several events like sidewalk art near the Cultural Center. 

At 6:30 p.m. the Fish House Festival will transition to the front of the fire hall where the raffle drawing and live auction will be held. 

The proceeds from the live auction, which will be held by Perala Brothers Auctioneers, will benefit both the artists and Cultural Center programming. A total of 50 percent of the proceeds from the live auction will benefit the artists, while the remaining 50 percent will support Cultural Center programming.