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Festival seeks redfish art, cardboard boats

Festival seeks redfish art, cardboard boats

PROVIDED BY CHARLOTTE COUNTY VISITOR’S BUREAU

The Charlotte County Visitor’s Bureau is gearing up for the 2007 Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup Festival May 4–6, and is seeking an unusual combination of participants to enhance the popular event.
This most visible and lucrative redfish tournament series in the world, with $1.1 million dollars awarded to anglers, brings thousands of people to each event in the six-venue circuit.
Festival highlights include the crowd-pleasing Big Air Dog competition, a free Jim Morris concert, food vendors, exhibits and displays and more, which will fill the waterfront Laishley Park Municipal Marina in downtown historic Punta Gorda. Festival hours are Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Along with taking redfishing to new tournament heights, popular components of this family-fun event include the fishfocused Relatively Redfish art competition and the cardboard boat race rivalry.
All artwork in the Relatively Redfish Art Competition must depict fish, from serious to whimsical, realistic to abstract, saltwater or freshwater species. Assisting in coordination of this effort are the Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center, Sea Grape Gallery and the Arts & Humanities Council.
Art competition registration forms must be submitted to the Charlotte County Visitor’s Bureau by April 18. To obtain a copy of the form, visit www.CharlotteHarbor-Travel.com or call the bureau at 941-743-1900.
Braveheart boaters will construct vessels of cardboard, duct tape, glue and paint to compete in the May 5 100-yard paddle race in Charlotte Harbor. The race is sponsored by the Charlotte County Young Professionals (CCYP), a networking organization of professionals ranging in age from 21-40, active in the Charlotte County area. Visit www.ccyp.info for registration information. CCYP will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center.
Highlights of last year’s tournament will be shown at 7 a.m. Sunday on ESPN2.
For more information about the 2007 Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup, visit the official Web site at www.redfishcup.com, and click on one of the tournament-related links. To learn more about the festival, visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com.

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