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TPWD News Release — Sept. 18, 2013

Toyota Texas Bass Classic Boosts Fishing, Conservation, Education

ATHENS—At first glance, the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) is just another fishing tournament.

But no other fishing tournament in the world can match TTBC’s record for partnering with anglers, the fishing industry and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in support of fishing, education and conservation.

Fishing is big business in Texas, a $2.3-billion industry that attracts 1.85 million anglers. The TTBC showcases all that is best about fishing, from exciting competition to an outdoor expo that gives families a chance to learn about and experience a variety of outdoor activities from casting to archery to rock climbing.

This year’s Toyota Texas Bass Classic tournament will take place at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe, 50 miles north of Houston, October 4—6. Free tickets are available at Houston-area Toyota dealerships and Academy stores or online at www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com.

Each evening of the three-day tournament features performances by top names in country music. Friday entertainment will be provided by the Eli Young Band. There will be three performances Saturday afternoon and evening, by Southern Slang, Lee Brice and The Band Perry. Sunday concerts will be by Thompson Square and Gloriana. The 6:00 p.m. evening concerts will be preceded by exciting weigh-ins of the day’s largest catches by the 50 anglers competing.

Each day will feature the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Family Fun Zone and a food court that includes some of the top food trucks from the area. A barbecue cook-off will take place Saturday. Gates open to the public at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 4, and at noon Saturday and Sunday.

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