KRLT ready to 'toast the kinni'
For the past several years, a Fly Fishing Film Festival has made its way to River Falls.
This year it starts Friday evening in the UW-River Falls University Center Ballroom with a film festival that includes, in addition to several fly-fishing films, a pre-event social gathering with fly fishing demonstrations, auctions, food, beverages and more.
The proceeds support the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust. The nonprofit works with landowners, private organizations and governments to preserve the Kinnickinnic River.
Last year, the film festival raised about $18,000 for the land trust, according to KRLT Executive director Dave Fodroczi.
"It supports our general operations," Fodroczi said.
That includes KRLT general operating expenses, like rent and supporting workers, which allows the land trust to continue with its mission.
KRLT schedules an annual cleanup of the Kinni each spring. The land trust also takes on projects to protect the shoreland around the Kinni.
This year the River Falls Fly Fishing Festival has been expanded to a two-day event with a new "Toast the Kinni" craft beer and wine pour, set for Saturday, March 4, at the River Falls Golf Club.
The evening begins with a VIP hour with complimentary food at 5 p.m. General Admission begins at 6 p.m., and the event ends at 9 p.m.
The craft beer and wine pour will feature appetizers, music by Tim Fast, and more.
Fodroczi said the events committee has many items for a silent auction, raffles and a live action.
He said KRLT hopes to raise even more money this year, with the addition of the second event.
"Everybody's cautiously optimistic that this event will do more and better than last year," Fodroczi said. "It should be a lot of fun."
Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday for the film portion of the Fly Fishing Festival at the University Center Ballroom.
Find out more about both events, including a link to trailers for the Fly Fishing Film Festival films, at kinniriver.org.