Bassmaster Elite Coming to Palatka | Events

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Bassmaster Elite Coming to Palatka

The Putnam County Chamber announced today that the Power Pole Citrus Slam Tournament plans have been finalized and the public is invited to participate!

The festival surrounding the tournament will be free and open to the public Saturday, March 19 from noon – 9:00 pm and Sunday, March 20 from noon until 6:00 pm. Activities include a Kids Zone featuring a rock-climbing wall, bungee, water walkers, casting contest, demonstrations, food, fun and more – all FREE!

This event is part of the B.A.S.S. Bassmaster Elite Series, a televised tournament leading up to the “super bowl” of tournaments, the Bassmaster Classic. B.A.S.S. has a long history on the St. Johns River and the Citrus Slam adds another chapter as it will be the first Elite Series tournament conducted here.

Top anglers from all across the US and one from as far away as Japan will be competing for the $100,000 grand prize. All the big name pros will be here including our own Terry “the Big Show” Scroggins and Shaw Grigsby from nearby Gainesville.

The excitement kicks off Thursday, March 17th with the first official weigh-in at 4:00 at the beautiful Riverfront Park just south of the bridge. Daily launch time Thursday – Sunday is 7:30 and weigh-in ceremonies are all at 4:00 pm. The public is invited to watch the anglers as they launch and be on hand at every weigh-in. Be sure to bring your lawn chair!

This televised tournament airs on ESPN at least 4 times and regional TV coverage may be onsite as well. We want big crowds in attendance to show B.A.S.S. and the rest of the world that we appreciate them for selecting our community for this prestigious event. Mark your calendar now, encourage your employees, friends, and bring your family to Palatka’s Riverfront.

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