Delta Rendezvous takes over Live Oak Landing

For those who are wanting to get the family outside this weekend, but are looking for something with a different pace the Delta Rendezvous is on for Saturday, May 17, 2014.  The Delta Rendezvous features fishing tournaments, archery contests and plenty to do for the whole family.  It’s being held at the beautifully renovated Live Oak Landing in Stockton and money raised goes to a great cause.

Volunteers and vendors were busy setting up for the first ever Delta Rendezvous.  The event will feature fishing tournaments for bream, crappie, bass and grennel, several archery contests,
live music and much more.

“We also have a series of seminars going on for the whole family.  We have Alan Nelson is here.  Eddie Salter is here so we have duck callers, turkey callers, your own Jason Smith is going to be here talking a little bit about the weather,” explained event coordinator, Kristina Angelone.

Five Rivers will be bringing some live native animal and the kid’s zone will offer plenty for the little ones to do. And, the fishing’s not just for the grown-ups.  The pond at the landing is stocked with fish, many of which have tags.  If the kids catch one of those fish, they win a prize.

The goal of the Delta Rendezvous is more than just providing a fun family outing.  Proceeds from the fishing tournament and events like a silent auction, which features great stuff go to support the efforts of Alabama Hunger Relief.  Alabama Hunger Relief was started by local sportsmen and women determined to make a difference in south Alabama.
“In the past three years we’ve donated over four thousand pounds of venison, hundreds and hundreds of fresh-caught fish from our other tournaments and so, we’re doing good but we want to be bigger,” said Alabama Hunger Relief president, Alan White.

Plenty of sponsors eagerly jumped behind the effort and vendors were excited to be a part of the event.

“I love festivals, but I’ve always wanted to be part of something important and feeding the hungry’s important,” said painter, Patti Wilson of Paintings by Patti.

“I just decided this was a good event,” added Ginnie Barfield of Ginnie’s Angels and Crafts.  “I’m hoping that we have a lot of people and they make a lot of money because people out there need food.”

Fishermen can still sign up for the tournament early Saturday morning.  Some got a head start pre-fishing Friday.

“We had several bites and when you’re pre-fishing you mtry not to sort out too many fish. We’re just trying to find a pattern for tomorrow and hopefully I’m on a pretty good pattern.  Maybe it will hold up for me.  I’ll tell you tomorrow afternoon,” said angler, James Smith

Weigh-ins start at three o’clock, so for a day full of fun. The fishing tournament starts at safe light.  If you get there early, you can still sign up. All the other activities get underway at 8 a.m. and the great thing is all it takes is one can of food per person to get in.  Of course, you can donate more if you want and don’t forget to say “Hi” to our own Jason Smith when you see him there.

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