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Bass Championship Tournament Coming to Middletown

Mayor Drew says the city's $5,000 investment in the event will mean $150,000 will be spent in Middletown by participants and spectators during the sport fishing's duration.

 

Middletown will host the prestigious Bass Federation Eastern Division Championship fishing tournament next September on the Connecticut River in Middletown and Haddam, according to Mayor Daniel T. Drew.

The city and Downtown Business District are jointly hosting the tournament, which is expected to draw hundreds of people to the city. The tournament will have a significant economic impact on the tourism industry and local economy via tournament participants, sponsors, staff and guests, Drew says. It is estimated that the city’s $5,000 investment in the tournament will result in approximately $150,000 in direct spending during the event's four days.

Drew says, “Downtown Middletown is an ideal location for the tournament with a first-class hotel, a wide variety of family-friendly dining and entertainment venues. Middletown is known as a friendly city where family activities are valued. Fishing is a great way for parents and children to bond and learn a lifelong skill.”

“The tournament is just the kind of family event we are looking for to shine a spotlight on Middletown’s riverfront," Drew says. "This will bring a unique and different visitor to the City from the entire northeastern region.”

The Bass Federation and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing youth and conservation events at the local level each year. They have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more then 40 years.

Drew says the tournament will showcase Middletown in the national media. “By hosting the tournament, the city of Middletown will be exposed online to the 25,000 member base Bass Federation, Inc. website, www.bassfederation.com which has 50,000 monthly hits and more than 100,000 hits on www.flwoutdoors.com. Additionally, the tournament will highlight the city in the state and national media.”

The tournament, which runs Sept. 10-13, 2013, is sponsored by Cabella’s, Ranger boats and Chevy Trucks.

Tournament information may be found at www.bassfederation.com and  www.flwoutdoors.com

John December 07, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Sounds nice in theory, but anyone who lives near the Connecticut River, or in the valley surrounding it, knows what this means. It is a speedboat race at 6:30 or 7 am Sunday morning for dozens of boats, maybe more. It is a horror show of screaming engines, gas fumes, wakes and litter. The "green" and ecology-minded people should not be celebrating this. It is the antithesis of what that movement is about.
Scott Wheeler December 07, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Today's outboard engines meet all EPA standards for noise and emissions, they are very quiet and days of blue smoke are all but gone.
Brian Wakefield December 07, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I think its a Great idea, to have this locally, Fishing is a great Family sport. Brian

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