The festival lineup is huge. For starters, more than two dozen food and wine vendors, plus scores of artists, crafters and local businesses will be on hand.
A big part of the festival will be music: 15 acts are scheduled over the four days. Headliners include Bucky Covington on Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Jason Michael Carroll on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (followed by fireworks); and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Syracuse band Chris Taylor and the Custom Taylor (named "Best Country Band" in Central New York).
Other activities for attendees include the Hawg Trough, a 50-foot tank filled with local species; "Talons! A Birds of Prey Experience"; the Fishing Simulator; horse-drawn carriage rides; an antique car show; a beer tent; belt sander drag racing; and rides by Ghost Rider Helicopters. The tournament’s title sponsor, Evan Williams Bourbon, will offer tasting of its Bourbons.
Saturday will be Military Appreciation Day, including a fishing derby and giveaways. Wounded Warrior Outdoor Adventures and Heroes on the Water will take soldiers fishing Aug. 10 at Fobers Pond.
The free Bassmaster Elite Series Expo will open at noon Saturday and Sunday. Elite Series sponsors will exhibit their products, and fans can sign up for free demo rides in Nitro, Skeeter and Triton bass rigs powered by Mercury and Yamaha engines.
Fans can catch the Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown online at Bassmaster.com, where access is free. Features include streaming video of the daily weigh-ins, real-time leaderboards, from-the-water BASSCam videos, blog reports and Toyota Hooked Up! shows with hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona.
ESPN2 TV coverage of the Showdown will air Aug. 18 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, and again on Sept. 7 from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. ET.
ESPN Classic will air the show Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET, and Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET. In addition, The Outdoor Channel will present the show Sept. 16. For times, check local listings.