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Fishing Festival a great success

By Cyndi Sellers

The Cameron Lions Club’s 15th Annual Cameron Fishing Festival, Aug. 3-4, was a big success, despite threatening weather and storms that kept many anglers out of the Gulf on Saturday. Early morning rain on Saturday dampened the grounds but not spirits, while clouds and wind kept festival goers much cooler than usual for August.

After some good fishing on Friday, only a few boats made it out on Saturday for the offshore division. Overall Offshore Angler George Heard caught all of his fish on Friday, as did Junior Overall Offshore winner Alex Theriot.

Bay and Surf fishing went on both days, with Melissa Theriot taking the Adult Division trophy and young Ayson Doxey winning the Junior Division

The new bass fishing division was well received, and some truly impressive fish were landed, the largest being an 8.44 pound monster netted by Doug Logan. He and teammate Lance Wallace won the Bass Division, with 10 fish weighing 46.72 pounds over the two days.

On land, great music and food kept festival goers entertained. The return of Jerry Furs and the Teardrops drew a large crowd on Friday night. Zydeco from Geno Delafosse and Leroy Thomas and Dustin Sonnier’s rocking beat filled the two days, and local favorite Steel Shot closed out Saturday evening on a high note.

Several new food items included pretzels, grilled corn, and pecan brittle, sold by Greater Life Apostolic Church. Jambalaya, cracklins, fried fish, and the ever-popular shrimp quesadillas provided by the South Cameron Alumni Association and area Catholic churches provided traditional fare. Several youth groups also had food booths.

Children enjoyed face painting, games and crafts provided by First Baptist Church of Cameron and Grand Lake Community Church, as well as the two large water slides.

Names of Little Queens

Six Festival Queens were chosen in the pageant held Saturday.

They are: Baby Miss - Everly Dartz; Toddler Miss - Catherine Nunez; Tiny Miss - Paisley Sonnier; Petite Miss - C'Lee Livingston; Little Miss - Jozie Hamption; Deb Miss - Sydney Waters.

The various fundraisers, with proceeds benefitting the Cameron Lions Club scholarship program and other community projects, were well supported, with bidders raising over $21,000 from the auctions and $9965 from the Poker Chip Raffle. Autographed sports memorabilia were a new and interesting addition to the auctions. Generous sponsors, including title sponsor Venture Global LNG, provided over $50,000 to support the festival and the Lions Club’s charitable work.

The Lions Club will be announcing the final results when all expenses have been totaled, but president Stephanie Rodrigue says the club is well positioned to continue its mission of serving others. Plans are already being made for next year’s event, wherever it will be held.

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