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Old 01-26-2007, 06:26 PM
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As you can see we've made a few changes in the board. I'm hoping members who are involved with Troutfest will post on this thread. I would tell you about it but I think there are others who are more qualified. OK, lets go!

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Old 03-07-2007, 10:25 AM
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TROUTFEST 2007 is an arts & crafts outdoor festival to be held at the Townsend Visitor Center on Saturday & Sunday, May 19th & 20th. A fund-raising banquet will be held on Friday, May 18th at the Valley View Lodge, Townsend, TN.
You can expect a variety of family-oriented open-air activities, including 30 plus vendors of outdoor art & crafts, fishing equipment, and items related to our mountains and streams. The educational tent will have demonstrations and exhibits for the whole family. TWRA, TVA, Tremont Institute, and Little Liver Watershed Association are just a few organizations that are planning on being there. Professionals will run an adult casting contest and provide fly tying and rod building exhibitions. A variety of foods, local music, climbing wall, kayaks, live fish, bees, as well as, demonstrations of water conservation work and fish surveys are planned.
Previous years have seen huge visitation and financial support for Brookies. We expect thousands of visitors from Blount, Knox & Sevier counties and from surrounding states. Support this family-oriented, educational, arts & crafts outdoor festival. Commercial sponsorship and your attendance will help raise awareness & money for Native Brook Trout Restoration in the Smokys. We hope that you will join your friends and neighbors in supporting this fund raising event for the environment.
Admission is FREE; parking is FREE. Come join us. VISIT www.troutfest.org
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Old 03-07-2007, 11:27 AM
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Great post gverholek! See you there

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Old 04-11-2007, 02:49 PM
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TROUTFEST 2007

BANQUET & AUCTION

An annual favorite of past TROUTFEST celebrations is a delicious, specially prepared banquet followed by a rousing auction held Friday evening before the outdoor events. There will be a Live Auction, a Silent Auction and Bucket Auction items. A custom-made bamboo fly rod will be offered as a door prize (only 150 tickets at $25 each). Check the TroutFEST website www.troutfest.org for photos of the rod.

Each year weve had to expand our venue to accommodate the demand for tickets. This year is no exception, as we are moving to the spacious Valley View Lodge banquet hall. You wont want to miss this event. Visit www.troutfest.org for information and tickets.

The Banquet will be held at the Valley View Lodge in Townsend on Friday, May18th at 6pm. While larger, the pavilion has limited seating. Tickets are $30 each or $50 for two. The menu will consists of Grilled BBQ Chicken, Baked Beans, Pasta Salad, Potato Salad, Bread, Peach & Pear Cobbler for dessert, Iced Tea, Coffee & Water. You may want to lick your fingers, and since youll be among friends, go right ahead.

Prior to and during the meal, attendees will be able to bid on Silent Auction items and Bucket Auction items. Tickets for the Bucket Auction will be available at the door. Following the banquet meal, we will commence the live auction. Lively it will be, as a professional auctioneer will call the auction. If you havent attended before, you are in for a treat. Just ask those who have attended in the past. Its fun and it can be rewarding.

Come enjoy good food, good times and good people for a good cause
Native Brook Trout restoration in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park your park.
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Old 04-11-2007, 03:02 PM
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We also have tickets for the banquet and bamboo rod here at the shop.

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Old 04-11-2007, 09:50 PM
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Will you have T-shirts available for order prior to the event this year? Once again, I will be out of town and I know that based on past experience, they sell out pretty quick.
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:31 PM
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You can order t-shirts & banquet tickets via our web site - www.troutfest.org . They are taking orders now.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:28 AM
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Default TROUTFEST helping Brookie restoration in Lynn Camp Prong

Efforts by the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited are integral to the success of the restoration of native Brook Trout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by the Fisheries Department of the National Park Service, and TROUTFEST is our primary fundraiser. Since the inception of the Chapter our stated mission has been to support the Fisheries Department. Our efforts, whether in the form of fund raising (such as TroutFest) or in-stream work by chapter members, have been vital to the restoration of 17 miles of streams. No program has done better; no chapter has done more. Now comes the Fisheries biggest challenge to restore 8 miles of Lynn Camp Prong a 50% increase in native Brook Trout habitat.

Lynn Camp Prong was targeted for restoration of the native Southern Appalachian Brook Trout back in 2000 following an extensive Environmental Assessment. Periodic monitoring has kept it on the list of target streams. Based on past restoration success and experience with the reliability of TU volunteer fieldwork, the priority of Lynn Camp Prong has been raised and work is about to begin. This project is significant for the size alone 8 miles are targeted for restoration, whereas it took the previous 15 years to restore almost 17 miles now open to fishing for native Brook Trout.

Steve Moore, Supervisor of the Fisheries Department in the GSMNP, has pressed for the restoration in Lynn Camp Prong to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the GSMNP in 2009. For that to be accomplished, significant funds will be needed to set aside each year from 2007-2009. Currently, the Fisheries Department has 75% of the $112k needed for 2007, but less than 50% of the $165k needed in both 2008 and 2009.

Significantly, the project has been designated for Challenge Cost Sharing in 2008 and 2009, which means that there is a commitment by NPS to match private contributions. Additional private contributions of $40k-$50k each year will help ensure the success of the project. This is why the success of the LRCTU TroutFest fundraiser is so important over the next three years. Come support TROUTFEST.

In addition to funding, the project will need enormous amounts of volunteer labor. The Fisheries Department is counting on volunteers in the field, and again, they are looking to Little River Chapter Trout Unlimited members to participate actively on in-stream work, but anyone can participate. Member or not - come help with some of the most interesting and exciting fieldwork youll ever have the opportunity to enjoy. Watch our web site www.lrctu.org.


Now is the time for all good fishermen (and women) to come to the aid of their Park, their Brookies. Support TroutFest; help restore our Brookies.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:38 AM
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Between the cookout,great mountain fishing and Troutfest,there should be many of us in town to support Troutfest and that little fly shop- what's it's name again?

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Old 05-04-2007, 08:44 AM
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Sorry Dryfly1 can't seam to remember it's name either
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