Tackle the Green Fishing Tournament
Hundreds of fishermen, volunteers, and sponsors gathered at the Green River for the Closing Ceremony Sunday June 27th. Gander RV and Outdoors was the major sponsor, giving away thousands of dollars in prizes. Butler County locals and businesses sponsored over fifty tagged fish, worth over fifteen thousand dollars, that were released in the river by Catfish Whisperers, Kenny Kemp, and Bobby McKee. Ten of those tagged fish were caught during the three-day tournament.
Mayor Billy Phelps and Judge Tim Flener thanked everyone and praised all the volunteers that made this event possible. Chamber President Tristan Klein and Deanna Embry were the official master of ceremonies.
Charlie Ashby caught the smallest fish and won a twenty-five-dollar gift card from Bobby Smith- Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance.
Levar Daniel fished all three days and caught a tagged fish worth one hundred dollars from Up in Smoke.
Veteran Stephen Summers won three gift cards and one hundred dollars for a tagged fish from Drakes Farm Service.
Scottie Simmons won a two hundred fifty-dollar gift card from Gander RV and Outdoors for fishing all three days.
Brayden Tomes caught a three hundred dollar tagged fish sponsored by Butler County Magistrates Stevie Givens, Kevin Phelps, and David Whittinghill.
Nathanial Armes caught a three hundred dollar tagged fish sponsored by Dillon Bryant Farms.
Phillip Hurd caught a $250 fish sponsored by Bobby Smith- Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance.
Zach Peach won the one thousand dollar drawing for buying his tickets at the Gander RV and Outdoors store.
Nathanial Downs - $500 gift card to Gander RV & Outdoor for overall goose egg drawing.
Alvin Dockery caught a $100 tagged fish by Baker Gardner of State Farm.
Jeff Raymer caught a $100 tagged fish sponsored by Bratcher & Co. LLC Floral and Gifts.
Laymond Smith caught a $100 tagged fish from Mitchell-Tomes Northside Kennel.
Shawn Elmore caught a $100 fish sponsored by True Value Hardware.
There were dozens of winners, whose pictures and more information can be found on the Morgantown Butler County Chamber Facebook Page. Next year to celebrate the fortieth year of the fishing tournament, the goal is to have forty thousand dollars in tagged fish.
Thank you to everyone that made this tournament a big success.