|I hope everyone is enjoying the change in the weather lately. It's clearly fall, so let's get the 2017 Blanton BBQ & Striperfest underway right here, right now! Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 4th at 2pm (please note new start time).|
Founded in 1997, the Striperfest has stood the test of time. The initial purpose was to acknowledge Dan Blanton for all his contributions to fly fishing as well as a "thank you" for establishing this fun and educational bulletin board. Many years ago, we added a fund raising component to the event to help fight the fight of protecting the amazing Delta via our fabulous Striperfest Raffle.
This year have a few new Striperfest developments I would like to share. For starters, we are having the event on the Sugar Barge's rooftop deck. Also this year, David Riggs and the Sugar Barge Restaurant team will be providing our BBQ. Also, please note a big change this year will be a start time of 2pm. Based on many suggestions over the years, we decided to move it up a couple hours to try and get all the attendees on the road a little sooner. The earlier start time should make it a little easier on everyone. Also, we will be hearing from Wanda Hair Taylor (The South's first lady of fly fishing) as a guest speaker. Thank you Wanda! Most of all, I would like to officially welcome Noel de Guzman as our new Striperfest leader. Dan officially passed the baton to Noel during last year's event. Welcome Noel! We wish you all the best and know the Delta's health will be your top priority.
One more fun new development we are kicking of this year is the first ever Striperfest Swap Meet. Before commencing with the raffle program, we will have the swap meet. So think about those extra rods, reels and gear you have that might be tradeable into something you may be looking to add to your boat.
The BBQ, beer, wine plus 1 raffle ticket (valued at $20) will cost attendees $50. Only those attending the Striperfest will be eligible to win a prize. We will not be selling outside tickets. Raffle ticket options will be as follows:
$50 - dinner plus 1 ticket
$20 - 1 ticket
$100 - 5 tickets
$200 - 10 tickets plus 2 extra tickets
To attend, simply respond to this post and share with me any friends or family members joining you.
On behalf of Dan Blanton, Noel de Guzman and the entire Striperfest team, thank you in advance of your support. We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, November 4th at 2pm! (don't miss the new start time)