HOLD THE DATE Troutfest is back!
After taking a year off the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is bringing back at least part of the Troutfest event, the Banquet and Auction. Over the years this event has raised almost $200,000.00. Which has gone to the park service to further their Brook Trout restoration projects?
The event had grown itself into one of the largest fly fishing festivals in the Southeast, but with that also comes a ton of work (to the point of a full time job) for chapter volunteers. With that the Chapter decided to take a break and focus its efforts on gaining new members and finding someone to carry the torch as it may be.
Joe McGroom, long time chapter member and an excellent angler to boot has stepped to the plate to lead Troutfest.org once again. This year they will focus on the Banquet and Auction. I am looking forward to Joe taking on this new endeavor and can’t wait to see the event.
Excerpt below from the Little River Chapter newsletter
2014 Troutfest Banquet – April 25, 2014
The Board of Directors is excited to announce plans for a Troutfest Banquet on Friday, April 25, 2014. The Banquet will be our major fundraiser of the year to provide continuing support to the Park and generate resources needed to support our Chapter programs. Joe McGroom will be leading effort as Chairman. More details are included in Joe’s article below.
While the format will differ from previous years, the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a Troutfest event in 2014. A fundraising banquet and auction will be held at the Airport Hilton in Alcoa on the evening of Friday, April 25th. Although there won’t be a festival held in Townsend on Saturday and Sunday as in years past, it will be a great time of the year to come fish in the Smokies.
There will be plenty more information to come on the Troutfest event, but we wanted to go ahead and relay the good news to everyone. If you are interested in helping with the planning aspect of the event, please contact Joe McGroom (firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-310-7299). We will need help in the following areas:
- Auction Coordinator
We are all excited about the return of Troutfest and look forward to a great event in 2014! Mark your calendar for Friday, April 25th, and help us spread the word.
Please be sure to check www.lrctu.org and www.troutfest.org for more information on this event and we will post any further information as well.