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Golden Meadow-Fourchon gearing up for 70th Annual Tarpon Rodeo

Golden Meadow-Fourchon gearing up for 70th Annual Tarpon Rodeo

The 70th Annual Golden Meadow-Fourchon Tarpon Rodeo will kick off this week beginning Thursday, July 5 and run through Saturday, July 7 at Moran’s Marina in Fourchon.

The long-running 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, all under an air-conditioned tent.

Also, new to this year’s rodeo will be high-tech entertainment trucks for the kids, featured musical performers and a swordfishing category added to the bluewater division.

“We’re known as one of the rodeos that basically has a category that would fit almost anyone,” said Eddie Callais, president of the rodeo board.

Callais also made sure to include plenty of entertainment that both the fishers and their families can enjoy. This year’s live music will feature performances by Rich O’Toole and the band BACWEN. Vendors will be selling their wares, and those in attendance can participate in a raffle and an auction.

Items included in the events include sports memorabilia, such as a football signed by Saints Hall of Famer Richie Jackson. Also included are tickets to an Astros game, with seats right behind home plate.

“Scholarships and the Lafourche Chamber are where 100 percent of the proceeds are distributed from the rodeo,” said Callais.

Last year, the rodeo gave $32,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors of South Lafourche High School, and with the record attendance that Callais expects at the rodeo this year, he’s certain that this year’s donations will surpass last year’s record.

The first 75 children who enter the rodeo with their ticket will receive a free rod and reel. Also, tickets to the rodeo, which go for $35 per adult and $20 per child, will include admission to the big Shrimp Ball, which will occur Saturday evening.

Each year, chefs from all around Louisiana compete in the rodeo’s annual King of the Catch Cook Off. Tickets for the cook off are $15 each, and the tasting will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6.

Teams will cook up dishes featuring some of the delicious Louisiana seafood items as a main ingredient, such as crawfish, shrimp, crabs, fish, oysters, frog legs, alligator or turtle.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor, visit the rodeo’s official website