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Published July 20, 2011, 05:52 PM

CATS Incredible Tournament Canceled Due to High Water

Many anglers will be leaving their lures and fishing poles at home this year. A fishing tournament in East Grand Forks that draws in thousands has been canceled.

Many anglers will be leaving their lures and fishing poles at home this year. A fishing tournament in East Grand Forks that draws in thousands has been canceled.

The Red River may reach almost 28 feet which is flood stage by the middle of next week, and that means the CATS Incredible Tournament will be canceled for the first time in 24 years.

The tournament brings in around 5,000 people each year.

A site usually filled with bouncy castles, music and a chili cook-off will be empty next week. The thousands that attend also bring business to the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks area.

The flooded waters make it harder for anglers to get on and off the river. Organizers say safety comes first and, although it was a tough decision, they think it was the right one.

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