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Fishing Festival set for Aug. 2-3 in Grand Chenier

The 16th Annual Cameron Fishing Festival August 2-3, sponsored by the Cameron Lions Club and Venture Global LNG, will have a new venue this year: Grand Chenier Park on the Mermentau River in Grand Chenier. The Festival has moved from its traditional location at the Cameron Jetty Pier Park because of industrial construction, but all the familiar attractions will be on tap, and possibly some new ones.

Captains Night will kick off the tournament on Thursday, July 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Grand Chenier Park Pavilion. Anglers can purchase discounted fishing tickets while enjoying a complimentary Fried Fish dinner with all the trimmings, music by Cody Forrest, and great door prizes.

Fishing begins at 12:01 Friday, August 2 in the offshore and bay divisions. Bass fishing begins 30 minutes before sunrise. The weigh station opens at 3 p.m. for all divisions.

Onshore activities will include lots of live music, provided by the Beau Young Bank and Jerry Furs and the Teardrops on Friday and Geno Delafose, Layne Touchet, and Steel Shot on Saturday. New for 2019 is the Venture Global Kids’ Korner, with a free water slide, games, face painting and fun. A Queen’s pageant on Saturday, food and crafts booths, live and silent auctions both days, and watching the big fish come in to the weigh station will provide a fun, full day under the oaks at the park.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. The Festival closes at 11 p.m. each night. The weigh station closes at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday, with fishing awards announced at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Gate fees are $7 Friday, $10 Saturday, or $15 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under get in free.

Proceeds from the Festival help fund the Cameron Lions Club’s scholarship, eye care, and other charitable programs. For more information and to register for the fishing tournament and Queens Pageant, see the website www.cameronlionsclub.org.

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