Keepin’ It Reel


 Saturday morning proved to be a ‘REEL’ success for lots of anglers who participated in the inaugural fishing tournament at Giant Goose Ranch in Canton sponsored by Graham Hospital Foundation. We kicked the morning off with Abby Krock gloriously singing The U.S. National Anthem"The Star Spangled Banner” for us. The weather cooperated, the kiddos had a great time fishing Inspiration Pond and jumping around on the inflatables, and the competitive fishermen (and women) enjoyed casting their lines on the picturesque 121-acre Giant Goose Lake. 

Sixteen 2-person boats entered the competitive fishing portion, and three lucky teams scored big!

3rd Place, for $250, went to Galen Hanson & Aaron Geheber

2nd Place, for $500, went to Nathan Judy & Jared Whitlow

1st place, for $1,000, went to Frank Campbell & Greg Lingenfelter

For the kiddos, Wyatt Calvert was the lucky winner of a 6-month membership to the YMCA (Canton), while Noah Herman and Caleb Hartstirn both won bowling passes to Bass Pro Shops. The 50/50 winner for the day was Connie Robbins.

Proceeds from this event will be used to help “TACKLE’ childhood obesity through our Graham Wellness Center. We truly appreciate the help of our volunteers, all of our attendees and participants, and definitely our MANY sponsors, which include:

Largemouth Bass Sponsors:

CD 107.9/WBYS AM 1560

Cook Incorporated

PJ Hoerr 

Big Bluegill Sponsors:

Bank of Farmington

Barnhart, Tinsman & Lane, Ltd.

Children’s Hospital of Illinois

Coleman Medical Associates


Mid-America Advertising

PSG Investments, LLC

RK Dixon

Spoon River Home Health

Table Grove State Bank

Warner Plumbing 

Tournament Supporters:


Di’s Bridal

Edward Jones - Rusty Melhouse


Thank you to Neil Kleinschmidt of Colonel Klink’s Inflatables for your help in supporting our worthwhile cause. 

Much appreciation to Presley’s Outdoors and their superb staff for providing the official weigh-in for the competitive anglers.  

We would also like to extend a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to the Herman Brothers (and Noah Herman) for allowing us to showcase their vast land and remarkable waterways and facilities.

For information about Graham Wellness Center and the many programs offered, please call: 309-647-4087.   


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