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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Fishing begins Thursday for the 68th Annual Golden Meadow-Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo

Fishing begins Thursday for the 68th Annual Golden Meadow-Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo

FOURCHON, LA – Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are up for grabs at this year’s Golden Meadow-Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo, which begins Thursday, June 30 through Saturday, July 2 at Moran’s Marina in Fourchon.

Ashley Barrios, a State Farm Insurance agent in Cut Off, will be the first ever female admiral in the 68-year history of the rodeo.

She is honored to be the first female Admiral.

“Sixty-eight (68) years is a long time to not have a female represent this event,” said Barrios. “As an avid fisherwoman, I am excited for this opportunity to show that women love to fish just as much as our male counterparts do.”

The rodeo is a wonderful family event with many children’s categories.

Barrios encourages everyone to come out as a family to participate in the fishing, food and festivities.

“Stay close to home this year,” Barrios said. “The economy is down, so come enjoy what Lafourche Parish has to offer at our rodeo as a family.”

Officials also announced that local artist Hank Holland has been chosen to do the rodeo artwork.

Fishing begins at safelight on Thursday, and the weigh scales open at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Food and drink booths open at 1 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday under the new, air-conditioned rodeo tent. The band Clustafunk will perform Friday night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Then on Saturday, the Cajun Music Preservation Society is slated to perform from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the presentation of awards.

The rodeo’s annual King of the Catch Cook-off takes place on Friday, July 1 with judging will beginning at 4 p.m. The public can purchase tickets to sample dishes and vote for their favorite.

Boiled shrimp dinners will be available Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Rodeo has a little something for everyone in the entire family. There's fishing, food booths, a cook-off, live music, an auction and much more.

Visit the rodeo’s website, for more information, to purchase tickets, or to become a sponsor. Also, check out the official rodeo profiles on Facebook and Instagram.