Grafton, Illinois, is a picturesque river town that is situated near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Over the past several decades it has struggled mightily with the flooding and has seen businesses come and go. It was especially hit hard as a result of the extended flooding last year, the worst to hit the area since 1993. Several business owners had to close their doors and those that did not took a tremendous financial hit.
2014 is a new year and with that comes renewed hope and optimism by the community and business owners that Grafton will once again bounce back. With that being said, the Grafton Chamber of Commerce has decided to tap into Grafton’s rich fishing history and host The River Rat Catfish Classic.
The proceeds generated by the tournament will be used to promote and market the city of Grafton.
While families are here they can participate in the Catfish Classic or enjoy the many fun activities, restaurants, sweet shops and the 28 lodging destinations.
The city envisions fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, grandpas and grandsons, best buddies, and of course the serious anglers having a great time on the water during the day. In the late afternoon and evening you can kick back and relax and then watch an absolutely fantastic sunset.