Big bass tournament in Waddington this August gets $45,000 support
Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 5:10 pm

By JIMMY LAWTON

WADDINGTON -- A $45,000 contribution from the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency will help bring the Bassmaster Elite Series to the St. Lawrence River.

The 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series is the most visible and prestigious bass tournament circuit in the world, according to a project summary provided by the River Agency.

Only eight tournaments are held each year and each event is four days long.

This year it will run from Aug. 8-11, but activities will take place for the entire week of Aug. 5-12.

Organizers said the event will bring a large sum of money to St. Lawrence County, but the event also requires a significant investment.

"Within the scope of the tournament are many facets, including but not limited to: set-up and tear down of the BASS provided set, a registration and dinner for up to 350 people, the tournament itself and the daily weigh-ins, fish care and live release, national vendors and product demos, host provided free family friendly festival/expo, host provided sanitation requirements, host provided on site security, host provided entertainment, host provided volunteer and day labor, and host provided on site utilities such as hard phone line and high-speed internet," the summary said.

The event is expected to generate inject $1.5 to $2 million into a local economy during the week of activity.

Organizers said the St. Lawrence River Showdown will bring national and international exposure to the river and surrounding areas.

BASS, LLC will produce a one-hour television show of the St. Lawrence River Showdown, highlighting the St. Lawrence River as a premier fishery. It will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN Classic and The Outdoor Channel.

Additionally, the event will be featured on the B.A.S.S. website, which has 521,000 monthly unique visitors and 15 million monthly pageviews, to include live on-line weigh-in broadcasts each day of the tournament.

The event will also be featured on social media, including B.A.S.S. Facebook page, which has over 310,000 fans and in Bassmaster magazine, which has over 4 million readers per month.