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July 23, 2007

Pro Bass Anglers Will Give Autographs and Parade in Central Square July 26

CENTRAL SQUARE - Fishing aficionados will have the chance to meet some of the best professional bass anglers in the U.S. Wednesday afternoon, July 25, when competitors gather for Angler's Alley and parade that precede the Bassmaster Memorial Tournament.

Anglers will register for the tournament at the Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square Wednesday afternoon. Beginning at 3:45 p.m. they will meet and greet fans at the “Angler's Alley” in the parking lot outside of the high school at 44 School Drive, off county Route 12 in Central Square.

At 4:45 p.m. tournament anglers will line up with their boats for a parade from the high school parking lot, the parade will travel south down Route 11 towards Hillcrest Drive. Local police and fire units, high school bands, antique tractors and other units will also take part in the parade.

“The north shore area is delighted to be part of the Bassmaster Memorial Tournament on Oneida Lake,” said Oswego County Legislator Fred Beardsley, District 9, Central Square. “The tournament brings widespread exposure to Oneida Lake and the great fishing we enjoy, and it helps our local restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses. The events in Central Square are a great opportunity for local folks to meet some of the best professional bass anglers in the nation, and I encourage families to stop by.”

Fifty anglers will compete in the Bassmaster Memorial Tournament Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, on Oneida Lake. The competition moves to Onondaga Lake Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29.

“The Bassmaster Memorial is one of the prestigious fishing tournaments in the world,” said John Rathbun, Director of Sports Development, Syracuse Convention and Visitor Bureau. “We're thrilled to once again host this event, which will showcase our region as a premier fishing destination. I just hope that the pro's are rested up by the time they land on Oneida Lake, because their arms will be getting quite a work out from reeling in 50 to 60 fish a day!”

For information on the tournament, visit http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/bassmaster/tournaments/news/story?page=b_majors_memorial_overview.

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