The first-ever Louisiana Redfish Festival heads to St. Bernard Parish on the grounds of the Sigur Civic Center from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29.
The Louisiana Redfish Festival is the first of its kind to celebrate the Redfish and its contribution to the economy of south Louisiana, St. Bernard Parish president Guy McInnis announced.
Festival-goers can anticipate a carnival with rides, clowns and midway games, as well as, food and craft vendors. There is also a mini-expo of boats, ATVs and outdoor gear. Live music with local bands will be featured on the main stage beginning on Friday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m.
In conjunction with the new festival, the parish will also launch a new Redfish World Series. Elite anglers from across the nation can participate in the invite-only fishing tournament, which will also serve as the annual world championship event. The tournament will be hosted out of Hopedale Marina on Sept. 26 to Sept. 29.
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“We are extremely proud to be able to host this festival and world-class fishing tournament and I am excited to say that we have reached an agreement with the producers to keep both of these events in St. Bernard Parish for many years to come,” McInnis said.
Gritter Griffin, executive producer of both events, notes that the Redfish World Series is “invitation only.” Only the 48 highest-ranking teams in the entire country will get invited to compete for the first-place prize of $50,000 cash as well as the title of “Redfish World Champion.”
“The tournament is shaping up to be a genuine world-class event with the finalists weighing in on the Main Stage at the Redfish Festival on Saturday and Sunday,” Griffin said.
St. Bernard Parish will also crown a “Redfish Queen” during a newly-created Redfish Festival Pageant. The winner will represent the parish and help promote the commercial seafood industry during her reign, Griffin said.
The rides and carnival will open to the general public for free on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. General admission to the Louisiana Redfish Festival on Friday through Sunday is $5.
Gritter Griffin, executive producer of both events, says the rides and carnival will open to the public a day early for free.
“We are very proud to say that we have chosen the statewide charity, Wish to Fish, as our designated charity and a portion of all proceeds from the festival will go to support their excellent work. We will also be supporting local charitable organizations like the League of Angels in St. Bernard,” Griffin said.
For more information, visit the Redfish World Series website at Redfishworldseries.com and the Louisiana Redfish Festival website at Redfishfestival.com. Information about the Redfish Festival Pageant can be found at redfishpageant.com.