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Appalachian Tenkara Jam 2016

leah kirk

Cherokee, North Carolina is the site this year’s Tenkara on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16 between 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM. In October of 2014 Foscoe, North Carolina was the site of the first “Appalachian Tenkara Jam,” the first such event of its kind in the US. The “Tenkara Jam” was born and was very well received by the people that attended.   This group had the awesome benefit of handling and comparing characteristics of more than thirty different tenkara rods on site.

“We built on that model and conducted a second "Tenkara Jam" in July of 2015 in Hunt Valley, Maryland outside of Baltimore, says organizer Jason Sparks.  “That round had much of the same tenkara company representation and added a few more.  We hosted eight companies and three non-profit organizations to share their message as well as conducted ten presentations that covered. Over 90 people attended the Hunt Valley Tenkara Jam.” 

Sparks and his team are currently planning the “Tenkara Jam.” At Cherokee the group has a large venue with plenty of room for setup that vendors will need.  The facility will hold over 250 people with lots of vendor space.  This year’s two day event will again be structured around presentations from their speakers.

“We will incorporate time for ‘browse and buy’with all the vendors,” says Sparks. “The vendors are setup around the perimeter of the hall which permits them to see all the content presented and not miss out.  There is excellent cell service and WiFi for electronic connections. We will be in the same secure facility both days which permits for vendors booths/displays to remain in place both days.  Lunch will be provided on site which promotes mingling and shopping.”

“As in the previous two years, registration for vendors will be straight forward.  No Table Fees.  No Extra Charges.  Each company will simply register each representative attending through the online portal when it launches in a few weeks.  We expect the ‘two day pass’ to cost near $32- $35 dollars.  That covers admission and lunch both days for the vendors and participants.   We appreciate your commitment to the multi-vendor concept and understand you have expenses to cover to be able to participate.  We do not want to add to that unnecessarily.”

Sparks selected the tribal nation reservation is nestled at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  There is tribal stocked water a few hundred yards from the site of the event and in the national park that offer a prime fishing experience that range roadside access to excursions into the wild.  At this early point, it already appears that 30+ people are coming early or staying late to wrap fishing adventure into the weekend.  We hope that you will consider the same.