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2013 Bassmaster Elite Series’ Only Stop In Northeast Is The Top Of New York State

July 22, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

In just a few weeks, the largest east-west river in North America and a small village in northern New York will be the scene of one of the most prestigious fishing tournaments in the country.
The Bassmaster Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River takes place at Waddington, New York, USA, from August 8 to 11. The world’s top 99 bass anglers will compete for more than $650,000 in prizes in this seventh of eight tournaments on the Elite Series circuit and the only one in the northeast this year.

Running concurrently with the tournament will be a Tastes and Talents of the North Country festival, featuring everything from a birds of prey demonstration to high-speed bass boat rides. Also on tap: concerts by two national country singers, including an American Idol finalist.
And everything is free of charge.

Special Invitation to Canadian Neighbors
The St. Lawrence River is known for its legendary-size fish, and the stretch of riverfront communities in northern New York State is sometimes called the Fourth Coast because of its proximity to Canada, to the north. Two international bridges in St. Lawrence County – at Massena and Ogdensburg – are each about 30 minutes from Waddington. For this event, friends from Canada are on the top of the guest list.

A Canadian Hospitality Tent, Canadian-American Wounded Warrior Fishing Derby, and even the daily singing of Canada’s national anthem are just some of the event’s features that have been designed with our closest neighbors in mind. The Elite Series’ longtime emcee, Canadian angler Dave Mercer, is expected to be on hand all four days, along with Canada’s other favorite fisherman, “Big” Jim McLaughlin of  Just Fishing magazine fame.

Veterans from Canada and the U.S. are especially invited to attend on Military Appreciation Day, Saturday August 10, a designation that is also in honor of nearby Fort Drum, home of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

The 10th Mountain Division Band will play that Saturday afternoon. Other performers over the four days include the Native North American Traveling College song and dance troupe, American Idol finalist Bucky Covington, and rising country star Jason Michael Carroll.

Fish and Birds, Up Close
Other activities during the Tastes and Talents of the North Country festival include “The Hawg Trough,” a 50-foot mobile fish tank that will be filled with Warrior derby catches; a mobile fishing simulator that will allow people to “fight” trophy sport fish; Talons: A Birds of Prey Experience; and the chance to sample Evan Williams bourbon plus locally-produced wine and beer.

Fans will also have the opportunity to learn tips and techniques from some of the best bass anglers in the world, and a Bassmaster Elite Series High School Experience on Saturday, August 10 is an opportunity for high school anglers to meet with the pros and learn more about the sport.

A festival within the festival will be the Elite Series Expo, featuring  B.A.S.S. sponsor representatives on site throughout the weekend with activities, games and prizes for attendees.

Companies such as Mercury, Nitro, Skeeter, Triton and Yamaha will have booths at the Expo and will offer demo rides. Toyota, Carhartt, Berkley, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Shimano and Luck-E-Strike, also will have booths at the Expo.

Helicopter rides, canoe and kayak rentals, outstanding local musical talent, and much more will also be taking place during the festival.

For more information and a full schedule, visit and see us on Facebook. For information on the wealth of fantastic fishing across the St. Lawrence River Valley in northern New York, visit

St. Lawrence County covers more than 2,820 square miles, making it New York State’s largest county and the fifth largest east of the Mississippi. Its more than 40 state forests, 500 miles of hiking trails, and more than 200 lakes, ponds, and rivers make the county a natural, four-season playground. The St. Lawrence River forms the boundary between the county and Canada; the southern part of the county is within the Adirondack Park. For information on what to see and do in St. Lawrence County, visit

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