Cruise-in, live music all planned for BASS Nation open in Waddington June 23
BY JIMMY LAWTON
North Country This Week
WADDINGTON — Those hoping to catch a view of the BASS Nation open in Waddington will be able to enjoy live music and a Cruise-In on Main Street from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 23.
FullBone will open with music from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by KANE, a high energy classic hard rock band, from 7-9 p.m. Music will be under the Pavilion at Island View Park at the intersection of Main Street and St. Lawrence Avenue in downtown Waddington.People are encouraged to ‘cruise in’ by classic car and park on Main Street , ‘cruise in’ by boat, or come on foot for a fun night.
Businesses will have dinner and dessert specials, and the Waddington Masons will have their food truck on site.
Mayor Michael Zagrobelny invited residents from around the county to join in the fun.
“We are always excited to welcome people to visit or move directly to Waddington,” he said.
“We’re excited to have the BASS Nation tournament here for the third time in four years, which is almost unprecedented,” he said.
The mayor said fishing tournaments like this are important for towns like Waddington but also for rural America as whole.
“We have a lot to offer that maybe doesn’t get seen by a lot of people. Sometimes when you’re a small town on a major highway like we are people only slow down as much as they have to. This invites people to stop and take a look at their surroundings and see what they are missing,” he said.
The TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional at St. Lawrence River will run from June 22-24. Anglers will launch from Whittaker Park starting at 6 a.m. ET and return for weigh-in starting at 2 p.m. Around 240 anglers representing 11 state teams from across the Northeast and the province of Ontario will compete on the St. Lawrence River. The top boater and co-angler from each state at the end of the tournament will punch their tickets to the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, which will be held Nov. 9-11 on Pickwick Lake.
The event is being hosted by the Village of Waddington and St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. This tournament is supported by a Market New York grant from I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism awarded as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.