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Fishing, Prizes, and Family Fun Mark the 25th Big Bass Tournament

Georgia Street
Ronald McDonald house board members volunteer at the 2015 Big Bass Tournament.

Offering the promise of fishing and cash prizes, the Ronald McDonald House Big Bass Tournament returns for the 25th year.

The context moves to a new weekend this year, June 11 and 12, offering a more time for the Ouachita River to shed more excess water from recent floods. This coincides with "Fish Free Weekend" during which anglers are not required to possess a Louisiana Fishing License.

The tournament benefits the Ronald McDonald House, which works to help families facing difficult times. Many people, although familiar with the name of the organization, may not know the particulars of its mission.

"Our mission in to be a home away from home for families that have children in the hospital. Right now we are so excited to have one of our babies in the house with us. The baby was premature, and has been in hospital for quite some time," says Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Georgia Street.

The Tournament also moves this year to a new location at Lazarre Park. Anglers will also be allowed to fish the Felsenthal National Wildlife Reserve in Arkansas. The fish must be alive at weigh in, and the top three entries will receive cash prizes. In addition to a chance to compete for the big prize, registration also incudes an entry into a raffle per day. Contestants who register early not only receive a $20 discount, but are also entered into a second "early bird" raffle.

"We are the sportsman's paradise, we have wonderful fishing, we've got the beautiful Ouachita River, and it benefits the Ronald McDonald House, so its kind of a win-win for everybody. The fishermen have such a great time; this is a family event. it's a very wholesome fishing tournament," says Street.

For more information about the Big Bass Tournament or the Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Louisiana, visit the website, or call 387-7933.

Kirby Rambin is a natural entertainer, having played violin since the age of 9 and performing publicly since he was just 12. As a teen, he performed with the Monroe Youth Symphony and the Louisiana All-State Orchestra.
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