Enjoy the weather, catch some carp

Having passed the Mother's Day mark, which typically means Central New York is safe from snowfall for about five months, it seems like spring is finally here to stay. While the snow is gone until fall, the rain keeps coming resulting in increased water levels and flooding, especially along the Seneca River. That hasn't deterred organizers of Wild Carp Week from carrying on with their ambitious agenda of carp tournaments and activities planned from May 14 to 21 in and around Baldwinsville.

While you're out enjoying the warmer weather, rain or shine, check out some of these events happening during Wild Carp Week:

    Saturday May 14, Paper Mill Island: Jr. Elks Kid's Corner (magicians, face painting, coloring contest), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 4-in-1 Bounce House, noon to 5 p.m.; World Salt Potato Eating Championship, 2:30 to 4 p.m.; Carp Casting Championship; noon to 5:30 p.m.; Live music, 6 to 9 p.m.

9 a.m. Sunday May 15 to 11 a.m. Tuesday May 17: Wild Carp Classic along the Seneca River in Baldwinsville (visit wildcarpcompanies.com for peg locations).

6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday May 18, Onondaga Lake Park: Wild Carp Big Carp Challenge (tests anglers' abilities to catch big carp).

6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday May 19, Onondaga Lake Park: Wild Carp Total Weight Challenge (tests anglers' abilities to catch multiple carp in a given time frame).

6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday May 20, Onondaga Lake Park: Wild Carp Big 4 Challenge (tests anglers' abilities to catch large carp with a cumulative weight of four largest caught).

Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday May 21, 7550 State Fair Blvd.: Wild Carp Celebrity Challenge (showcases six local celebrities fishing as a team with six carp angling professionals vying for the biggest carp caught during the event).

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