The stars at night are big and bright but no place on the Texas Coast do the stars shine brighter than the Town of Fulton, especially when the Texas Game Wardens Association comes to town!
On Friday the Texas Game Wardens Association will be hosting their 7th Annual Fishing Tournament and Music Fest at Fulton Harbor Park. This 2-day tournament and concert begins Friday, June 17 and continues through Saturday. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what to do for Father’s day this year, treat your family to a fishing tournament and music fest.
Sign in for the tournament begins at 5pm with a silent and live auction, raffle and tournament guidelines from 6pm-8. Auction items could include guided fishing trips, overnight cabin stays near Baffin Bay and management buck hunts. Music Fest also opens Friday night featuring music favorites rising star Parker McCullum playing from 8:30pm-10pm., followed by the sassy and earthy tones of singer songwriter Bri Bagwell topping the evening off from 10:30pm-midnight. Food vendors will be on site for those with a hardy appetite and there’ll be plenty of something wet to go along with all that great food.
On Saturday the fishing tournament runs from 6am-4pm, with weigh in from 2pm-4pm. Music Fest starts off at 4pm with the Brandon Key Band playing until 5:30 when those catching the winning fish accept their awards. Music Fest continues from 6:30-8pm with Austin band Shiny Ribs taking the stage.
And folks it just keeps getting better! Reckless Kelly will also be tearing it up on Saturday night from 8:30pm-10pm and the golden voice of Roger Creager from 10:30-midnight. What a line-up! Better get registered early so you don’t get left out!
Preregistration has started for the fishing tournament and Music Fest. Concert only tickets are $5 Friday and $20 Saturday or get a two day pass for $20 at the door or at ticket locations. Preregistration for the fishing tournament is $100, $120 after May 25th and includes entrance into both days' concert. Visit their website at http://texasgamewarden.com/tournaments/region-x-2016-fishing-tournament/ for ticket locations or you can purchase at the door.
Cash payouts for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places in categories: Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Black Drum. How cool is that? All anglers must have a valid Texas fishing license and be 12 years of age or older. Proceeds from the TGWA Fishing Tournament and Music Fest go to youth outreach programs; toward getting local youth involved in being active outdoors.
TEXAS GAME WARDEN HISTORY AND FACTS
In 1883 over one hundred counties in Texas claimed exemption from all game laws. By 1895 it had become clear that some regulatory office was needed to control the depletion caused by overfishing; in response to this need the legislature established the office of Fish and Oyster Commissioner. In 1907 the legislature also gave the commissioner the responsibility for hunting regulations, and the name of the office was changed to Game, Fish, and Oyster Commissioner. The first hunting licenses were sold in 1909. In 1919 the state had only six game wardens to enforce regulations, and many counties continued to claim exemptions; the number of wardens was increased to forty-five by 1923 and to eighty by 1928.
The Texas Game and Fish Commission merged with the State Parks Board in 1963 to form the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
For more than a generation, the Texas Game Warden Association (TGWA) has introduced young Texans to the beauty and value of our land and wildlife. TGWA’s members have devoted millions of hours, as well as funding, to educate more than 300,000 boys and girls.
Natural role models, Game Wardens are uniquely qualified professionals teaching outdoor skills to youth hungry for one-on-one relationships and for hands-on experience with the outdoors. Their members are made up of Game Wardens, concerned citizens, landowners, and businesses that share a commitment in practicing conservation for future generations by preserving the rich heritage and wildlife of Texas.
Texas Game Wardens are widely recognized as the best-trained corps of conservation officers in the country. They carry on a proud tradition that began at the turn of the 20th century when the Texas Legislature passed the first game laws to protect the Lone Star State. Since then, Texas Game Wardens have dedicated themselves to protecting the state’s natural resources for the benefit of our children and grandchildren.
The Texas Game Wardens Association is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization which is dedicated to teaching the youth of Texas how to enjoy fishing, hunting and the outdoors safely and wisely. Their motto is “Conservation for Future Generations”. The outdoor experience available to future generations needs to be one of quality. It is up to all of us to ensure that.
The annual Texas Game Warden Fishing Tournament and Music Fest event has grown each year and 2016 will blow it out of the park. So, you’d better get your tickets early because they’re expecting quite a crowd this year.
And don’t forget, every weekend in Fulton is a getaway and this year’s Fishing Tournament and Music Fest is once again being held in the great town of Fulton at the Fulton Harbor Park.
What a weekend this will be - it's going to be one heck of a party so don’t miss out!
For more information on the TGWA Fishing Tournament and Music Fest call (361) 815-5752 or firstname.lastname@example.org or texasgamewarden.com
7TH ANNUAL TGWA
FISHING TOURNAMENT & MUSIC FEST
WHEN: Fri. & Sat. Jun 17th/18th
WHAT: Fishing Tournament
& Music Fest
WHERE: Fulton, Texas
at Harbor Park
TIME: Fishing Tournament
Music Fest Following
COST: 2-Day Pass $20 Concert
Fri-$5 at Door
Sat-$20 at door