William A. West
ASHTABULA_ A picture-perfect weekend welcomed people to the 2013 Wine and Walleye Festival on Bridge Street in the Ashtabula Harbor District. Classic cars sparkled, area wines flowed and fish were devoured under sunny skies.
“We had a lot of success in our wine area,” Jessica Forsythe, Wine and Walleye chair, said. “We sold more wine in one day than we have in four years combined.”
Saturday featured an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most fish and chips sold at a single event. Melbourne, Australia holds the record with 12,105 pieces sold during their event. The festival numbers didn’t really challenge that figure, but they did manage to sell more than 7,000 pieces of fish.
“We went through over 1,000 pounds of walleye and perch,” Forsythe said.
The number of teams competing in the walleye fishing tournament were a record high.
“The fishing was very good,” Andrew Burnett, of Kinsman, said.
“It was a good day and a lot of fun,” Capt. Jesse James, of Warren, said. “It was good fishing.”
Forsythe was certainly pleased with the event’s numbers.
“It was our biggest year ever,” Forsythe said.