Families will get hooked on fun at the 2018 Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo

Here's what to expect this year at the oldest saltwater fishing tournament in the country.

The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo returns to the coastal town on Thursday, July 26 through Saturday, July 28 at the Sand Dollar Marnina. While the oldest saltwater fishing tournament in the country will attract fishing enthusiasts from all over, lieutenant governor Billy Nungesser stresses that the event is not just for anglers.

The annual South Louisiana tradition brings a three-day party to Grand Isle and combines an intense fishing competition with a family-friendly festival. There are plenty of activities for families to enjoy at the pavilion, even if you’re not planning to fish. The activities are open to the public starting each day at 11 a.m. It’s like a mini festival with lots of food, vendors and educational booths and entertainment.


Photo courtesy: Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo

Nungesser, who is also this year’s rodeo president, says one of the exciting things about the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is the chance for families to interact during the fun-filled weekend. Each year, the Tarpon Rodeo president hosts a big welcome party and shrimp boil on the first day of the rodeo at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public, and a cash bar is available.

Nungesser points out the crab races as one of his favorite activities at the rodeo.

“Last year, I stayed for the whole time to watch the excitement of those kids jumping up and down to get their crab to come out the middle of that circle, and it’s pretty competitive,” Nungesser said.

Photo courtesy: Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo

The children’s crab races are a popular event for kids at the rodeo. The races happen each day each day of the rodeo starting at 2 p.m. Registration for the event starts each day at 11 a.m. Kids catch their own crabs and bring them to the race. Then, kids are encouraged to “convince” their crab to race out of the circle first.  Winners are awarded trophies and prizes.

Kids can also experience the sport of fishing by entering into the children’s rodeo category for prizes. The children’s scale opens each day at the marina from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you’re not into fishing, the rodeo has some great live entertainment each evening including a DJ and local band acts. Most notably, the Wiseguys will close out the rodeo on Saturday with a performance starting at 6 p.m.  These performances are open to the public.

Photo courtesy: Grand International Isle Tarpon Rodeo

When you register for the Tarpon Rodeo this year, you will automatically be entered for all the scheduled drawings, including the grand prize. One lucky grand prize winner will win a 22′ Blazer Bay boat and motor. You must register for the rodeo for a chance to win. Find out more info here.

In the video, Nungesser and master of ceremonies Bob Breck talk about the excitement families can expect at this year’s event.

To register for the 2018 Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, click here. For more information about the rodeo, visit the website.

Created in partnership with the Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo