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leah kirk

The 2017 Blue Ridge Trout Festival & Outdoor Adventures (BRTF) will once again attract thousands of locals and visitors from all over the Southeast to Blue Ridge, Georgia. The inaugural event in 2016 attracted more than 3,500 attendees and 69 vendor booths. The event kicks off on Friday evening, April 28, with the High Country Boil and Silent Auction to be held at Mercier Orchards.

According to BRTF spokesperson, Lunn Brincks, this they have planned up to 80 to 90 vendor booths and are projecting 5,000 to 6,000 attendees who will learn about Trout Unlimited at both local and national levels, while local retailers and services showcase Blue Ridge, Fannin County and the range of outdoor recreation and activities throughout the area. 

It is time to sign up for the upcoming second annual Blue Ridge Trout Fest and Outdoor Adventures to be held on April 29th, 2017.  Below are statistics and plans for the upcoming Trout Fest and we have already started advertising.  Our first press release comes out this week.   


Many of last year’s vendors are returning. These exhibitors that includes outfitters, river and lake fishing guides, Simms, Sportsman Warehouse, white water and tubing businesses, pottery, fly rod makers, wood carving, knives and several nonprofit groups such as Save Georgia Hemlocks, Benton/MacKaye Trail, DNR, Fish Hatchery and others that have a close relationship with the outdoors.   For 2017 vendors have been added that deal in jewelry, paintings, birdhouses, etc., some more artistic types to appeal to a broader range of attendees though they must comply with an outdoor connection.  There will be food trucks and entertainment in the Beer Garden area.


“Our fishing seminars last year were very popular and we are expanding them by adding a second tent and having sessions all day,” says Brincks.  “The Atlanta Fly Fishing School will once again send instructors and river and lake guides will also be doing sessions.”


Two new additions this year will be the Trout Art Trail and broadcasting by Radio Station WNGC.  The Trout Art Trail is in partnership with the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and will consist of a public art project celebrating the beauty of the trout fish.  There will be between 10 and 15 limited edition five-foot fiberglass trout sculptures which will have been decorated by local artists and go on display at the Trout Fest.  The sculptures will be sponsored by businesses, individuals or organizations. 


106.1/107.1 WNGC will be broadcasting live from the Fest for the first stop of their Hometown Tour and presenting a Hometown Hero Award to someone that deserves recognition.  This person will have been voted on by their listeners during the month.  We are excited to have them at our Event and for all the promotion on their station for the month of April. 


The Festival benefits Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited #696 and other nonprofit groups.  Blue Ridge is designated by the State Legislature as the official Trout Festival in Georgia.