The 2020 Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival (Trout Fest) for a fifth year once again will attract thousands of visitors from all over the Southeast to Blue Ridge, GA. More than 3,000 visitors have annually attended Trout Fest – the official Trout Festival of Georgia – with up to 80 vendors including recreational outfitter/guides/gear, fine artisans, state/federal wildlife agencies, service organizations and food trucks – sharing the grounds of downtown city park in historic Blue Ridge. CLICK HERE FOR YOUR SPONSOR'S APPLICATION.
Trout Unlimited/Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter 696 (a 501 C 3 organization) is the primary beneficiary of the proceeds collected annually by the Blue Ridge Trout & Outdoor Adventures Festival. Its mission is conserving, protecting and restoring cold-water fisheries through educational and conservation activities. Some of the programs sponsored by the organization include Rivers Alive, Trout in the Classroom, Mercier’s Family Fishing Days, coldwater stream restoration and the Trout Adventure Trail. We also work with and support Casting for Recovery, Project Healing Waters, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, Fannin County High School Fishing Club, Georgia Trout Camp and Save Georgia’s Hemlocks; and Trout Fest participates with the USFWS/Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery (at Rock Creek), USDA Forest Service, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Economic Development and Tennessee Valley Authority.A new site layout this year across the grounds of downtown city park in Blue Ridge supports expanded activities – including a Sound Stage for live music from Atlanta and Nashville and an Activity Zone for more fun – and promises Trout Fest will once again reach vendor capacity. Nearly 100 sites will be mapped for vendors in 2020, while taking aim to inform people about Trout Unlimited, support cold-water conservation and to showcase Blue Ridge and Fannin County as centers for participation in the outdoors recreation/activities found across the North Georgia mountains.
We invite you and your company, agency/organization to participate in Trout Fest by becoming a valued Trout Fest Sponsor, sharing a significant opportunity to reach into the demographics of thousands of visitors who come to Fannin County – the Trout Capital of Georgia – to enjoy outdoor recreation of all kinds throughout the year. Sponsors are key to the event’s success – from planning to executing – and your role as a sponsor assures your organization of maximum exposure to our visitors of your brand/services/products through key placement of your brand and message through many channels of exposure in Trout Fest.
Sponsor opportunities to support this truly special event will build more awareness for your business in the growing North Georgia mountains region. Your brand in Trout Fest gains the attention of local residents, travelers and vacationers who come to Blue Ridge year ‘round to enjoy everything from trout fishing to mountain bike riding, white-water rafting, local vineyards, the beautiful/colorful fall season transition across the woodlands and much more.
New, this year, is your opportunity to splash your brand upon our Food Court, Activity Zone (climbing wall, trout-fishing pond, mountain bike course and more), Program Tent and Sound Stage. All sponsors at all levels also benefit from drawing your brand and message into printed/digital advertising and social media, on site banners, as well as recognition of your generous support through “shout outs” from the Sound Stage during the event and all planned communications across radio, television, print and digital channels. In previous years, our printed/digital advertising and feature-story channels have reached tens of thousands of outdoors enthusiasts through online/printed publications: Georgia Outdoor News, Georgia Sportsman, The Angler Magazine, Southern Trout Magazine, Smoky Mountain Living, Welcome Magazine, Appalachian Country Living, Smoke Signals, Fannin Sentinel, News Observer, Herald Newspapers (of Alpharetta, Roswell, Forsyth Co., Johns Creek and Milton), Directions and GEORGIA Magazine, the largest-circulation monthly magazine in the state, published by Georgia Electric Membership Corp.
Radio listeners across North Georgia have been reached by timely advertising and interviews presented on:
-- O’Neill Outside, the long-running weekly fishing/hunting morning program presented on Saturdays on WSB-radio/95.5 FM (Atlanta);
-- Good Day Atlanta live spots on the morning news program on Fox 5-Atlanta
-- Your Georgia Country/WNGC radio, 106.1 and 107.1 FM, ;covering North Georgia listeners from Athens to Cartersville
-- The Talk of the Mountains radio, WJRB 95.1 FM;
-- and Mountain Country Radio, WPPL 103.9 and 94.3 MF, both covering the mountain communities on North Georgia.
Event posters/flyers are also distributed to like-minded businesses throughout Blue Ridge and key retailers in Alpharetta, Dawsonville and Atlanta, including The Fish Hawk – one of the most far-reaching and top-service fishing outfitters and destination fishing travel provider
in the Southeast for more than 40 years.
The event hours of operation are 10 am to 6 pm. It is located in the city park in historic downtown Blue Ridge. We are collecting a wide presentation of vendors of quality outdoors gear/services, fine wildlife art, service organizations, government agencies, food trucks, and beer and wine merchants. Local recreational outfitters, guides and instructors will present hourly instruction and technique seminars on trout fishing/fly-fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, local hiking/paddling destinations and more.
Thank you. We look forward to your participation and working with you.
Your Trout Fest Planning Committee
Blue Ridge Trout Festival & Outdoor Adventures
Contacts: Bob Borgwat 706-838-5259 … email: BBorgwat@gmail.com
Sam Miller 404-580-4121 … email: Malolact@yahoo.com
Jeff Kling 404-457-3519 … email: JeffKling@msn.com
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