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CANTON - Dale Vallance of Madrid, who racked up back-to-back wins in the St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament several years ago, has been named Grand Marshal of this year’s event. The catch-and-release tournament hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce takes place August 15 – 17, along a 30-mile stretch of the St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg to Massena.

Vallance, now 20, knows well the river hot spots for carp fishing. In two consecutive years – 2009 and 2010 – he was named Grand Champion of the tournament, each year pulling in top fish that in total weighed more than 90 pounds.

The first win, he remembered, was “really intense… I caught the winning fish two minutes before time was up.”

The son of Teresa and Dave Pryce of Madrid is a graduate of Madrid-Waddington Central School. Vallance is currently enrolled in the criminal justice program at SUNY Canton, and is considering a major in Homeland Security. His future could be as a U.S. Border Patrol or Customs agent, or he could go into state law enforcement.

Meanwhile, he still fishes for carp – citing corn with “special sauce” as favorite bait.

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The nation’s largest junior carp fishing contest is for boys and girls ages 11 to 18. Entry fees remain the same as last year: $100 if registration is received by July 15 or $125 after that date. Contestants can register to fish individually, with a friend or as part of a four-person team.

Registration covers participation in all tournament-related events during the three days, including a pre-tournament fishing school sponsored by Mort Backus & Sons. All carp caught during the tournament are returned live to the St. Lawrence River.

For more information or to download a registration form, go to the county chamber’s website:www.northcountryguide.com/Visiting/Fishing/JuniorCarpTournamentor call the chamber at 315-386-4000.

Sponsors and volunteers are needed for the event, too; for more information call or email the chamber at slccoc@northnet.org

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