SARTELL - The 2017 Governors Fishing Opener weekend kicked-off on the golf course Thursday evening.

The opening festivities took place at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course.

Sartell Mayor Sarah Jane Nicoll says this was a great opportunity for Sartell to be apart of the fishing opener.

"We wanted to be able to have our own event that had an opportunity for people and media to come and see what Sartell is all about."

The day featured a golf event, live music, and a few speakers from around Sartell.

Nicoll says they couldn't have pulled this event together with out the help of Blackberry Ridge Golf Course.

"The city of Sartell is grateful to Blackberry Ridge Golf Course for stepping up to the plate and were able host the Governor's Fishing Opener Kick-off and golf event."

The Governor's Fishing Opener events continue Friday and Saturday.